Chanel; an institution in its own right. The luxury of luxury brands and epitome of class and elegance. The French fashion designer ruled Parisian haute couture for almost six decades.
Coco Chanel had an eye for simplistic patterns and feminine silhouettes that have revolutionised women's fashion forever. Her timeless designs, trademark suits, little black dresses and staple accessories established Chanel into a well-renowned and well coveted brand.
We were fortunate enough to have the first international debut of the Chanel Manifesto exhibition land in Melbourne - so what did we do? We went, of course! Curated by the Palais Galliera, Paris and presented in partnership with the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, the exhibition features over 100 outfits.
Introducing ourselves to the history of Chanel was fascinating. The first store Chanel opened up was a millinery store! Mind blown. She expanded to sportswear, accessories, women's clothing and perfumery. Did you know she created and released tanning powder and liquid? Chanel's packaging has rarely changed over the years - Chanel's vision and aesthetic was timeless in design and still remains to be a timeless staple.
Chanel graced the movie screen with all its glamour and style, pioneering the way for other brands to follow in its footsteps. Gowns, feather jackets, oriental pieces and dual-sets all featured on the big screen right when black and white movies transitioned into colour TV!
The oh-so popular tailored suits in tweed came in SO many colours and styles. From tennis and sportswear to flight-attendant and army looking attire; Chanel was so versatile with what she designed that you could wear these outfits today and it will still be in style.
If you're a lover of Chanel or even clothing with real history and meaning - I recommend visiting this exhibit while you still can. For more information, head to the NGV website here: https://www.ngv.vic.gov.au/exhibition/gabrielle-chanel-fashion-manifesto/
Love & Blessings,