• December 3rd, 2015

    THE ACTRESSES DRESSED
    BY GABRIELLE CHANEL

    Gabrielle Chanel was always close to actresses. Was it because she mastered designing costumes, or because she herself had had dreams of a stage career in her youth? One of the first actresses to model Chanel’s hats in public was Gabrielle Dorziat.

    Twenty years later, the couturiere was famous in the United States and beyond for her film costume designs. In 1931, the mute film star Gloria Swanson appeared in "Tonight or Never" clad in a long Chanel dress. In 1955, Marilyn Monroe captivated the world when she confessed to wearing only Chanel No. 5 in bed.
    "The whole world of film making wants to wear Chanel," said the magazine "Elle" in November 1958. Many of Chanel’s clients were indeed actresses. Filmmakers including the New Wave directors asked Chanel to dress their leading ladies, among them the femmes fatales played by Jeanne Moreau in Louis Malle's "The Lovers" in 1958 and by Delphine Seyrig in "Last Year at Marienbad" in 1961.

    Gabrielle Chanel also designed clothing worn on screen and in real life by Annie Girardot and Brigitte Bardot. She was friends with Anouk Aimée, spoke about literature with Jeanne Moreau, became a mentor to and admirer of Romy Schneider, instilling the art of charm in some, teaching the art of dressing to others.

    Jeanne Moreau © Keystone France
    Romy Schneider © Courtesy of Paul Ronald, Archivio Storico del Cinema, AFE
    Delphine Seyrig © Keystone France
    Anouk Aimée and Federico Fellini © Photo D.R

  • December 3rd, 2015
    KARL LAGERFELD'S INTERVIEW

    KARL LAGERFELD'S INTERVIEW

    By Rebecca Lowthorpe

    Cinecittà Studios - Rome

  • December 3rd, 2015

    BACKSTAGE OF THE SHOW

    Paris in Rome 2015/16 Métiers d'Art collection

    © Benoit Peverelli

  • December 3rd, 2015
    CHANEL & THE ARTISTS <BR/> VISCONTI

    CHANEL & THE ARTISTS
    VISCONTI

    In 1936, at the age of 30, Luchino Visconti arrived in Paris, an artistic, intellectual and political hub during the pre-war period.
    When he met Gabrielle Chanel, he was stunned by her mixture of "feminine beauty, masculine intelligence, and outstanding energy." He invited her to Italy and introduced her to his family. Gabrielle Chanel was instrumental in getting Jean Renoir to let him watch a film shooting.
    The film director did better than that: hiring Luchino as an assistant and help choose costumes for two of his major films, "The Lower Depths" and "A Day in the Country", to which Gabrielle Chanel also contributed. This experience made a deep impression on Luchino, deciding him to pursue a career in film making.

    After producing such masterpieces as "La Terra Trema", "Senso", and "Rocco and His Brothers", Luchino met Gabrielle Chanel again, in 1962. He asked her to design the costumes for "Boccaccio'70", and to teach the film’s leading actress, Romy Schneider, her sense of elegance.
    The camera follows Romy as she appears successively attired in a brocade clothing, a negligee, and a cream suit. She moves around gracefully, ties a belt on her dress. In front of her mirror, she adjusts her pearl necklace and hair. The transformation has taken place. Romy has metamorphosed into a "femme fatale", a mixture of charm and elegance.

    Chanel and Visconti remained lifelong friends.

    © Courtesy of Paul Ronald, Archivio Storico del Cinema, AFE

  • December 2nd, 2015
    THE CAMERA CLUTCH

    THE CAMERA CLUTCH

    Paris in Rome 2015/16 Métiers d’Art

    © Anne Combaz

  • December 2nd, 2015

    CELEBRITIES AT CINECITTÀ

    © Anne Combaz & Tristan Fewings - Teatro N°5 - Cinecittà Studios - Rome

  • December 1st, 2015
    FINALE OF THE SHOW

    FINALE OF THE SHOW

    Paris in Rome 2015/16 Métiers d'Art

    © Olivier Saillant - Teatro N°5 - Cinecittà Studios - Rome

  • December 1st, 2015
    THE SHOW DECOR <BR />STUDIO N°5, CINECITTÀ, ROME

    THE SHOW DECOR
    STUDIO N°5, CINECITTÀ, ROME

    © Olivier Saillant - Teatro N°5 - Cinecittà Studios - Rome

  • December 1st, 2015
    SILHOUETTE OF THE COLLECTION

    SILHOUETTE OF THE COLLECTION

    Paris in Rome 2015/16 Métiers d'Art press kit shot by Karl Lagerfeld.
    See the press kit photos on chanel.com

  • December 1st, 2015

    MAKING OF PHOTOS FOR THE PRESS KIT

    Paris in Rome 2015/16 Métiers d'Art collection

    © Olivier Saillant

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