Gabrielle Chanel. Fashion Manifesto

September 22, 2020

The Palais Galliera, the City of Paris Fashion Museum, reopens its doors after extension work and presents the first retrospective in Paris of a unique and remarkable fashion designer: Gabrielle Chanel (1883-1971).

Gabrielle Chanel went to Deauville in1912, then to Biarritz and Paris, and revolutionised the world of Haute Couture, adorning the bodies of her contemporaries with what amounted to a fashion manifesto. The first part of the exhibition is chronological; it recounts her early beginnings with a few emblematic pieces. The second part of the exhibition is themed and you are invited to decipher her dress codes (the braided tweesuit, two-tone pumps, the 2.55 quilted bag).
Ten photo portraits of Gabrielle Chanel accompany the ten chapters of the exhibition and show the extent to which the couturière herself was the embodiment of her brand.