NEWS: Victoria and Albert Museum Announces Gabrielle Chanel.Fashion Manifesto Exhibition

The newly announced exhibition will go on display at the museum from the 16th September 2023.

The V&A has announced that it will be presenting the first UK exhibition dedicated to the work of French couturière, Gabrielle ‘Coco’ Chanel, charting the evolution of her iconic design style and the
establishment of the House of Chanel, from the opening of her first millinery boutique in Paris in 1910 to the showing of her final collection in 1971.

This exhibition is set to feature over 180 looks to be shown together for the first time as well as jewellery, accessories, cosmetics and perfumes that helped create Chanel into a global brand. Gabrielle Chanel. Fashion Manifesto will explore the designer’s approach to fashion design, which paved the way for a new feminine elegance and continues to influence the way
women dress today.

Gabrielle Chanel.Fashion Manifesto is based on the exhibition organised by the Palais Galliera, Fashion Museum of the City of Paris and will be reimagined and feature rarely seen pieces from the V&A’s collection, alongside looks from Palais Galliera and the Patrimoine de Chanel, the heritage collections of the fashion House in Paris. Key pieces on display will include outfits created for British model Anne Gunning (later Lady Nutting) and Hollywood stars Lauren Bacall and Marlene Dietrich.

Director of the V&A, Tristram Hunt, said: “As one of the most successful fashion houses inexistence, Chanel owes much to the templates first laid down by its founder Gabrielle Chanel,
over a century ago. We are delighted to be partnering with Chanel and the Palais Galliera on this exhibition, which provides us with the opportunity to explore the origins and elements of this
enduring style and to display little-known historic Chanel garments from the V&A collection.”

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