The house of Chanel has been closely linked with Grand Palais in Paris, especially for being a creative space for their fashion showcases since 2005, so it’s no surprise that they will be the exclusive sponsors for the historic renovation.
The four-year restorative project will kick off 2020 and the luxury house is set to contribute 25 million euros toward the works. The dimensions, walkways, décor and original interior lighting of the Grand Palais will all be restored. The Rue des Palais, a major innovation, will cut right through the monument at basement level, becoming the main artery that will connect all the spaces of the Grand Palais that have so far remained isolated from one another.
“Chanel and the Grand Palais have developed a close bond, which was initiated by Karl Lagerfeld in 2005. For Chanel, the Grand Palais, and especially its exceptional nave where our fashion shows are held, is much more than a simple monument in the heart of Paris. Its remarkable architecture makes it a true source of inspiration and creation for Karl Lagerfeld. This Parisian institution has a universal vocation, and we are proud and delighted to accompany the Grand Palais and its President, Sylvie Hubac, in such an ambitious restoration and renovation project,” said Bruno Pavlovsky, Fashion President of Chanel.
The works aim to be completed in time for the Paris Olympics in 2024 with the space partially opened in 2023.
Haute Couture SS18: Chanel