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  • March 6th, 2017
    HEAD IN THE STARS

    HEAD IN THE STARS

    Gabrielle Chanel, La Pausa, 1938.

    © Roger Schall

  • March 3rd, 2017
    GABRIELLE CHANEL : <BR />A SUPERSTITIOUS WOMAN

    GABRIELLE CHANEL :
    A SUPERSTITIOUS WOMAN

    Gabrielle Chanel was fascinated by astrology: the zodiac, particularly Leo, her own birth sign, constantly shaped her creative vision. Her designs can be read in terms not just of inspiration, but also of superstition. She believed in the constellation's influence and chose lion motifs for her own home decor, with a lion statue never far from her.

  • January 20th, 2017
    THE MIRRORED STAIRCASE

    THE MIRRORED STAIRCASE

    It was Gabrielle Chanel's idea to arrange mirrors along the length of the staircase. They would provide a fragmented view of what was going on downstairs—the show. Mademoiselle Chanel liked to sit at the top of the stairs out of view, watching every detail of each presentation, and the reactions of the guests.

    Angelo Cirimele

    © Pari Dukovic

  • December 5th, 2016
    INSIDE GABRIELLE CHANEL'S SUITE

    INSIDE GABRIELLE CHANEL'S SUITE

    Coromandel screens
    "Mademoiselle Chanel, who has been living at the Ritz for some months, is at home with a simple screen and a few blooms". Vogue Paris

    Furnishings
    She furnishes the rooms with items brought from her own home at 29, rue Faubourg Saint-Honoré, including tables designed by Goossens, sofas, gilded mirrors and crystal lamps.

    Drawings
    Drawings by Jean Cocteau and Christian Bérard evoke the creative spirits in Chanel's circle at that time, offering an allegory of her life as a designer.

    Vermeil boxes
    "On the dressing table were the vermeil boxes given to her by the Duke of Westminster, brushes, and the chamois cloth with her jewelry for the day."
    Extract from "Chanel Intime", Isabelle Fiemeyer, Editions Flammarion

    © François Kollar – French Culture Ministry – Heritage library

  • December 5th, 2016
    "THE RITZ HOTEL IS MY HOME"

    "THE RITZ HOTEL IS MY HOME"

    In 1937, François Kollar realized a photoshoot of Gabrielle Chanel in her suite at the Ritz Paris. Published for the first time in 1937, the picture was chosen to illustrate the only Chanel n° 5 perfume advertisement, that was embodied by the designer herself.

    Quote by Gabrielle Chanel

    © François Kollar – French Culture Ministry – Heritage library

  • December 2nd, 2016
    CHANEL IN PARIS

    CHANEL IN PARIS

    29, rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré
    The townhouse where Gabrielle Chanel lived for a while before taking up permanent residence at the Ritz Paris. This was where she showed her first diamond High Jewelry collection, Bijoux de diamants, at an exhibition in 1932.

    25, rue Royale

    The Chanel boutique is in the passage between rue Royale and rue Boissy d'Anglas.

    31, rue Cambon
    The Haute Couture ateliers, Gabrielle Chanel's apartment, and the design studio.

    21, rue Cambon

    The very first Chanel boutique opened here in 1910, orginally selling nothing but hats.

    18, place Vendôme

    The High Jewelry boutique opened in 1997.

    15, place Vendôme

    The Ritz Paris Hotel, founded by César Ritz in 1898, was home to Gabrielle Chanel from 1935 to 1971.

  • September 22nd, 2016
    CHANEL IN VENISE

    CHANEL IN VENISE

    "Clearly, Chanel had a sense for the visual impact of white, enjoying the contrast it provided with the bronzed skin that she had made so fashionable since her earlier holidays on the Riviera. "A very white earring on the lobe of a well-tanned ear delights me" she remarked to Paul Morand, and then described to him how she had watched a group of American girls swimming in the sea at the Venice Lido. "How much more beautiful these young women would be … if they had dipped their pearls into the waves, into the sea from which they first came ; and how brightly their jewellery would glitter if worn on a skin bronzed by the sun…"

    Excerpt from "Chanel Her Life" by Justine Picardie, Steidl, 2011.

    © V.H. Grandpierre / Vogue Paris

  • September 16th, 2016
    CULTURE CHANEL <BR />"THE WOMAN WHO READS"

    CULTURE CHANEL
    "THE WOMAN WHO READS"

    The exhibition "The Woman Who Reads" is taking place in Venice at the Ca’ Pesaro, International Gallery of Modern Art, from September 17, 2016 to January 8, 2017.



    The seventh edition of Culture Chanel presents the creative universe of Gabrielle Chanel through the prism of her relationship with reading, writing and poetry. From the ancient Greeks to the modern poets, from Plato to Cocteau, Chanel’s well-stocked library reveals the books and writers that inspired her work. Throughout her life, these tomes fueled her imagination, shaping her personality and teaching her how to achieve a form of permanence in her own vision of the world.

    Some 350 pieces will go on display in Venice, reflecting, much like a library, the aesthetic language of Mademoiselle Chanel. The exhibition brings together writings as well as dedications, archival material, photographs, paintings, drawings and art pieces from her Paris apartment.

    Conceived and designed by Jean‑Louis Froment, who has curated the event since 2007, Culture Chanel defines itself as a "collection of exhibitions" relating, through various themes, the history of Gabrielle Chanel and of her House.

    Ca' Pesaro
    September 17, 2016 – January 8, 2017

    Santa Croce, 2076

    30135 Venice

    © Douglas Kirkland

  • August 23rd, 2016
    CHANEL IN THE GARDEN AT LA PAUSA <BR/ >ROQUEBRUNE-CAP-MARTIN

    CHANEL IN THE GARDEN AT LA PAUSA
    ROQUEBRUNE-CAP-MARTIN

    "One could get away with more on the summer Riviera, and whatever happened seemed to have something to do with art," F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote in Echoes of the Jazz Age; an observation that would equally well have been applied to Chanel’s life at La Pausa; indeed, to the villa itself."
    Excerpt from "Chanel her life" by Justine Picardie, Steidl, 2011.

    The villa La Pausa, located between Menton and Monaco, was Gabrielle Chanel's summer home.

    © Photo Roger Schall - Collection Schall

  • August 19th, 2016
    THE 19

    THE 19

    The lastest of the perfumes created and worn by Gabrielle Chanel, the N°19 echoes her date of birth, 19 August 1883.

    For the designer, numbers always possessed a particular power, which she associated with circumstances surrounding events in her life. Like symbols, lucky charms and objects collected and brought back from trips, numbers were part of her creative process.

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