Coco Chanel at the Palais Galliera

Coco Chanel at the Palais Galliera

After major renovations and expansion, the Palais Galliera – our city’s great fashion museum - will re-open its doors in April. This renaissance gets underway with an exhibition dedicated to the icon of French elegance, Gabrielle ‘Coco’ Chanel. The team at the Juliana, your Parisian home-from-home, gives it the highest recommendation.

 

“Nothing is more beautiful than the freedom of the body.”

So said Coco Chanel. And she acted on her convictions by banishing torturously restrictive corsets, throwing out overly compressed sizes, shortening skirts, cutting hair and creating a marinière, the famous French striped shirt, for women. Simplicity, comfort, fluidity and elegance characterise a style that borrows a lot from male dress codes. After the famous blue stripes came tweeds, the sailor beret, and the sweater which she adapted into a female-friendly version. She brought in slacks, added pockets to suits, and further shortened dresses to above the knee! Then she crowned her achievements in liberated chic with the famous ‘little black dress’, a timeless wardrobe essential.

 

A gallery for a fashion legend at the Fashion Museum

It’s rumoured that a new gallery in the Palais Galliera will bear the name of Gabrielle Chanel. The legendary designer would no doubt be delighted that a major part of the museum's permanent collections will be displayed there. These include around 30,000 garments, some of which date from the 18th century, and as many accessories. Not to mention the numerous photos, prints and drawings.

 

The exhibition Gabrielle Chanel: Fashion Manifesto

This exhibition tells the story of the designer from her birth in Saumur in 1883 until her death at the Hotel Ritz Paris in 1971. Clothes, of course, but also accessories, jewellery, perfumes and photos are used to illustrate the life of a woman whose work seems inseparable from the image. A very beautiful subject. A very beautiful woman.

 

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More information:

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Crédit photo : Palais Galliera © Paris Tourist Office - Photographe Daniel Thierry


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