December 2, 2023


Youth trendy style

The NGV announces a huge Coco Chanel exhibition

An exhibition of one of the world’s most influential trend designers will land in Melbourne this summertime. Gabrielle Chanel: Trend Manifesto is the initially exhibition in Australia to solely concentration on the vogue contributions of 20th-century French designer Gabrielle (aka Coco) Chanel.  

The exhibition is coming to the NGV in partnership with Paris’s main vogue museum, the Palais Galliera, which introduced this significant exhibition in autumn 2020. Melbourne will be the initial town outside the house of France to host the exhibit, with the gallery presenting a lot more than 100 Chanel garments from the Palais Galliera, Patrimoine de Chanel (Chanel’s archives), as effectively as from added community and non-public collections. The NGV will also be drawing from its own holdings, bringing out some under no circumstances-before-witnessed acquisitions these kinds of as a white lace ‘Evening dress’ (spring-summer time 1933) and a shirred red silk velvet and marabou-lined ‘Evening cape’ (circa 1924-26).

Gabrielle Chanel: Vogue Manifesto provides Chanel’s do the job throughout a collection of thematic and chronological sections, discovering her enduring affect on manner, as properly as in perfume, jewelry and accent structure. Importantly for Melbourne audiences, the exhibition features some of Chanel’s earliest use of black to connote modernity, as very well as her lace gowns, tweed fits (manufactured famed by the likes of Jacqueline Kennedy and Princess Grace of Monaco) and beaded garments. Chanel was pivotal in redefining style for girls in the 20th century, creating garments that available a sense of luxury alongside ease and comfort, even championing the longstanding vogue staple that is the small black dress. 

It gets far better however. The official opening of Gabrielle Chanel: Vogue Manifesto on December 4 also coincides with the return of a person of Melbourne’s hottest occasions – the NGV Gala. It is the first time the black-tie party has run since 2019 when the gallery hosted Salt-N-Pepa alongside its Keith Haring | Jean-Michel Basquiat and Kaws exhibitions. 

Gabrielle Chanel: Vogue Manifesto operates from December 5 to April 25, with tickets for equally the exhibition and gala on sale now. 

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