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Royallieu, 1909 © Collection CHANEL D.R

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Royallieu, 1909 © Collection CHANEL D.R

THE MOVIE COSTUMES
"ONCE AND FOREVER"

For the film "Once and Forever", Karl Lagerfeld drew from the unique heritage of Maison Chanel. Kristen Stewart and Geraldine Chaplin wore designs dating from 1900 to 1960. "The vintage couture pieces were jaw dropping. I could feel the history with every step. To look through the archives is one enormous privilege but to actually feel them. Wear them. Hold them. It’s priceless" said Kristen Stewart.

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MÉTIERS D'ART - MAISONS D'ART

Métiers d'Art
Métiers d’Art is a French term referring to crafts that combine traditional skills with cutting-edge savoir-faire, transforming fashion materials into unique or limited-edition creations. Such craft skills are truly a question of artistry, creating something extraordinary.

Maisons d'Art
Chanel acquired the first of its exceptional craft workshops in 2002, now part of its Maisons d'Art label, including Lemarié (feathers and flowers maker, 1880), Causse (glovemaker, 1892), Massaro (shoe maker, 1894), Barrie (knitwear, 1903), Lesage (embroiderer, 1924), Desrues (costume jewellery and button maker, 1929), Maison Michel (hat maker, 1936), Montex (embroiderer, 1939), Lognon (master pleater, 1945) and Goossens (goldsmith, 1950).

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FILMS

As early as the 1930s, Gabrielle Chanel collaborates as a costume designer to the cinema in famous films such as Jean Renoir's "Rules of the Game".

Louis Malle, Roger Vadim, Alain Resnais, Luchino Visconti, Federico Fellini, François Truffaut, and more recently, Franco Zeffirelli, Woody Allen, and Olivier Assayas are among the many leading film directors to have called on the Maison Chanel to dress their female characters.

Karl Lagerfeld has regularly directed real or imagined films from Gabrielle Chanel's life, beginning in 2008 with the short film "Coco 1913 - Chanel 1923".

"ONCE AND FOREVER" TRAILER

Karl Lagerfeld's new short film, starring Kristen Stewart, Geraldine Chaplin, Jérémie Elkaïm, François Marthouret, Amanda Harlech, Jamie Bochert, Jake Davies, Baptiste Giabiconi and Laura Brown, goes behind the scenes during the making of a Gabrielle Chanel biopic.

"Once and Forever" will premiere at Cinecittà and on chanel.com on December 1st to coincide with the presentation of the Paris in Rome 2015/16 Métiers d'Art collection.

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KARL LAGERFELD HONOURED WITH
THE OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

The distinction has been presented to Karl Lagerfeld at the British Fashion Awards on Monday night the 23rd of November at London’s Coliseum, for his contribution to the fashion industry. Natalie Massenet, chairman of the British Fashion Council, commented: "Karl Lagerfeld defines outstanding (...), the master of the exceptional and one of the most iconic figures globally from our industry. (...) He is the ultimate visionary and we celebrate not only the decades already passed but those yet to happen. In Karl's hands the future of fashion will be an exceptional one."

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© Anna Galante

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THE MÉTIERS D'ART 2015/16 SHOW
AT CINECITTÀ

Cinecittà, the city of cinema – built in just eighteen months prior to its grand inauguration in 1937 – houses twenty-one studios over nearly sixty hectares, with five giant film sets and a special pool for ocean scenes and naval battles. Three hundred films were shot there in its first six years, but the studios really took off in the 1950s when Mervyn LeRoy filmed his epic "Quo Vadis" there. Cinecittà became known as Hollywood on the Tiber as its low running costs drew major American film productions in increasing numbers: 150 epics were shot there over the following fifteen years, including "Ben Hur", "Spartacus", and "Cleopatra".

Federico Fellini once said his favourite place in the whole world was Cinecittà's Studio 5, where he shot a series of major works from "La Dolce Vita" and "8 1/2" to "Casanova" and "Ginger and Fred", including "Intervista", a homage to the studios. Cinecittà was also home to such masterpieces as Vittorio De Sica's "Bicycle Thief", William Wyler's "Roman Holiday", and Luchino Visconti's "The Leopard". The sets are still used for many of the world's leading film productions to this day, from Anthony Minghella's "English Patient" to Ridley Scott's "Gladiator" and Martin Scorcese's "Gangs of New York".

Cinecittà has been chosen to host Karl Lagerfeld's Paris in Rome 2015/16 Métiers d'Art show on December 1st.

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