One of the world's most prominent and everlasting fashion designers, Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel, is set to have her work celebrated in a one-of-a-kind exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria later this year.
Named Gabrielle Chanel: Fashion Manifesto, the exhibit will focus solely on her contributions to the fashion industry during the 20th Century. The exhibition itself will feature more than 100 of Chanel's couture garments from the Palais Galliera, Patrimoine de Chanel (Chanel's archives) and additional public and private collections.
The exhibition is in partnership with Paris' leading fashion museum, the Palais Galliera, which launched the inspiring exhibit back in Autumn 2020. Outside of France, Melbourne is the first city hosting the exhibit, with the NGV also pulling from their own collections, gathering never-before-seen items, such as, a white lace 'Evening dress' from Spring/Summer 1933 and a shirred red silk velvet marabou-lined 'Evening cape', created somewhere between 1924 and 1926.
The exhibition will share Chanel's work across a variety of thematic and chronological sections, diving deep into her everlasting influence on the fashion industry, plus her impact on perfume, jewellery and accessory design.
Gabrielle Chanel: Fashion Manifesto also features some of Chanel's signature lace gowns, tweed suits—that were made famous by famous faces like Jacqueline Kennedy and Princess Grace of Monaco—and beaded garments. The fashion designer was vital when it came to redefining women's apparel in the 20th century, by designing garments promoting comfort as well as elegance, with her iconic little black dress serving as her most-loved design.
The official opening of Gabrielle Chanel: Fashion Manifesto will run from December 5, 2021 to April 25, 2022 and will also coincide with the return of one of Melbourne's biggest events—the NGV Gala.
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