CHANEL shows retrospective


CHANEL has strengthened its commitment to the City of Paris as the sole and long-time sponsor of the Grand Palais restoration and redevelopment project, scheduled to begin in December 2020.

Built for the Universal Exhibition of 1900 as a symbol of architectural innovation in Paris, the Grand Palais has long been associated with the history and activities of the House. "CHANEL and the Grand Palais have developed a close bond, which was initiated by Karl Lagerfeld in 2005. For CHANEL, the Grand Palais, and especially its exceptional nave where our fashion shows are held, is much more than a simple monument in the heart of Paris. Its remarkable architecture makes it a true source of inspiration and creation for Karl Lagerfeld", said Bruno Pavlovsky, Fashion President of CHANEL.



© V.H. Grandpierre / Vogue Paris


© V.H. Grandpierre / Vogue Paris


"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.


© Douglas Kirkland


© Douglas Kirkland


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


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