October 31st, 2014
"The Divine Marchesa. Art and Life of Luisa Casati from Belle Epoque to the spree years"
“I want to be a living work of art,” Luisa Casati Stampa once proclaimed. She got her wish throughout her extravagant lifestyle that delighted European society at early 20th century - wearing live snakes as jewellery or light bulb necklaces, dining with wax-mannequin guests, parading with a pair of cheetahs on diamonds leashes. One of the most significant places in the Divine Marchesa’s life, the Palazzo Fortuny in Venice, is hosting the first important exhibition devoted entirely to her. It features more than 100 works between paintings, drawings, jewels, sculptures and photographs on loan from private collections and international museums.
The exhibition reconstructs - through constant cross-referencing - the social and artistic relationships that filled Luisa Casati Stampa’s life. For half a century she was a living legend, a dark lady, a major art collector and patron and muse of the Symbolists, Fauves, Futurists and Surrealists: an astonishing and disturbing personification of modernity and a life of excess who still inspires artists and leading couture houses today, like Chanel.
A sketch by Karl Lagerfeld and a dress from the Cruise collection 2010 are exhibited at the museum.
Until March 2015
Palazzo Fortuny, San Marco 3958, 30124 Venice
Sketch by Karl Lagerfeld
September 19th, 2014
Lane Crawford, Podium 3, IFC Mall, 8 Finance Street, Central Hong Kong (until September 29th, 2014)
September 12th, 2014
The opening of "Second Floor: The Private Apartment Of Mademoiselle Chanel"
by Sam Taylor-Johnson on September 11th.
Photos by Anne Combaz
September 10th, 2014
One of the most provocative and iconic object of desire will be explored in the exhibition, on view at the Brooklyn Museum September 10, 2014, through February 15, 2015. Through more than 160 artfully-crafted historical and contemporary high heels from the seventeenth century through the present, the exhibition examines the mystique and transformative power of the elevated shoe and its varied connections to fantasy, power, and identity.
The objects, both traditionally made and conceptual in nature, explore and play with the elevated shoe’s sculptural, architectural, and artistic possibilities.
The Brooklyn Museum
200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, NY 11238-6052
Spring-Summer 2010 Haute Couture “Light Bulb Heel" / Paris-London Métiers d’Art 2008 collection
Photos by Jay Zukerkorn
September 2nd, 2014
Caroline de Maigret wore a black tunic from the Cruise 2015 collection and white trousers from the Fall-Winter 2014/15 pre-collection at the opening of the Culture Chanel exhibition in Seoul on August 29th.
August 21st, 2014
"The 50s - Fashion in France, 1947-1957" exhibition at Palais Galliera
The remarkable pieces making up this exhibition – some 100 garments and accessories – retrace the evolution of the female form through the decade 1947–1957. Of course, it would be impossible to examine this decisive post-war period without mentioning Gabrielle Chanel and her dramatically innovative line of 1954 with its simple, straight suits.
This exhibition showcases sophisticated Haute Couture creations as well as the experimental Ready-to-Wear pieces that left their mark on the 1950s. This was Haute Couture's golden age, when Paris regained its title of the world's fashion capital. In addition to its selection of garments and accessories, the exhibition also features graphic documents, magazines, photographs, archive documents and videos.
On display until November 2, 2014
Palais Galliera - Musée de la mode de la ville de Paris
10, avenue Pierre Ier de Serbie, 75016 Paris
Photo © All rights reserved
July 23rd, 2014
Sam Taylor-Johnson’s photographic exhibition of the private apartment of Mademoiselle Chanel, "Second Floor", will open at Saatchi Gallery in London on Friday September 12th 2014 until Saturday October 4th. The series of 45 photographs captures the private rooms of Mademoiselle Chanel at 31 rue Cambon in Paris.
"Shooting at Coco Chanel’s apartment was an unexpectedly absorbing experience," says Taylor‑Johnson. "The essence of Chanel is firmly rooted there in all of her possessions and I truly believe that her spirit and soul still inhabit the second floor."
Saatchi Gallery, Duke of York’s HQ King's Road
London, SW3 4RY
December 9th, 2013Par Anne Combaz
For the fourth year running, Chanel is opening its 200m2 ephemeral boutique in Courchevel. For the occasion, Karl Lagerfeld decorated 36 of the 72 Jardin Alpin cable cars with his sketches. Symbols, iconic elements, silhouettes from collections, portraits of Mademoiselle Chanel as well as self-portraits of the designer himself will customize the cable cars this winter.
From December 14th 2013 until April 2014
11.30am-1.30pm / 3pm‐8pm
Esplanade "LE TREMPLIN"
Photo by Anne Combaz
December 6th, 2013
The invitation sketched by Karl Lagerfeld reads, "Coco Chanel back in Dallas". The fashion show for the 2013/14 Métiers d'Art collection titled "Paris-Dallas" will take place on the 10th of December 2013 at Dallas Fair Park, a historical venue with art-deco architecture that is located in the heart of the Texan city. This event is the occasion to celebrate the strong bond that linked the French designer to the United States. "I admire and love America. It's where I made my fortune. For many Americans (…), I am France" stated Gabrielle Chanel, cited by Paul Morand in his book, The Allure of Chanel.
The climax of this mutual passion dates back to 1957, when Coco Chanel – accompanied by a delegation of 125 people from France – landed on October 14th at the Dallas airport. Stanley Marcus, co-founder of the Neiman Marcus store, awarded her with the Neiman Marcus Award for Distinguished Service in the Field of Fashion, the "Oscar of Fashion". That year, the designer of rue Cambon is the only winner among the 300 fashion designers invited, an indication of the importance she holds in the hearts of Americans. During her twelve-day Texan journey, Gabrielle Chanel dazzles the crowd to the point that Time Magazine reports the event by titling it "Dallas in Wonderland".
Fifty-six years later, Karl Lagerfeld returns to Dallas and retraces this journey that sealed the French-American love story of the designer with the people seduced by the modernity of her creations.
Discover behind the scene features of the fashion show on December 10th, from 9pm Dallas time, on Chanel News.
1- The designer at Neiman Marcus in the cabine with multiple mirrors, as a nod to the mythical staircase of rue Cambon
2- Stanley Marcus and his wife Billie surround Gabrielle Chanel at a party organized at their ranch, before the awarding the Neiman Marcus Award for Distinguished Service in the Field of Fashion.
3- Gabrielle Chanel, radiant, bids farewell to Stanley Marcus before returning to France. A historical detail, it was the first time that the Dallas airport welcomed an airplane from abroad.
©DeGolyer Library, SMU, Marcus Papers
November 28th, 2013
On November 27th, Chanel celebrated Numéros Privés at the historic Chertkov Mansion in Moscow. Guests wandered through an installation featuring Chanel’s iconic codes.
Photo by Olivier Saillant