A new exhibition called “Gabrielle Chanel. Fashion Manifesto” is set to launch at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London this September.
Based upon the exhibition of the same name organised by the Palais Galliera, Fashion Museum of the City of Paris, the exhibition will be re-imagined by the V&A.
The new show features over 200 looks seen together for the first time, as well as accessories, perfumes and jewellery, the exhibition will explore Chanel’s pioneering approach to fashion design, which paved the way for a new elegance and continues to influence the way women dress today.
It will also 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. Highlights will include one of the earliest surviving Chanel garments from 1916; original costumes designed by Chanel for the Ballets Russes production of Le Train Bleu in 1924; outfits created for Hollywood stars Lauren Bacall and Marlene Dietrich; an early example of Chanel’s ground-breaking evening trousers and ensembles from Chanel’s final collection of 1971.