Step into the setting of the CHANEL 2020/21 Métiers d’art show. Listen to a reading by a friend of the House, revealing the castle’s story and its resonances with Gabrielle Chanel.
by Juergen Teller
Located in the Loire Valley in France, the Château de Chenonceau lends itself at once as the inspiration and the setting of the 2020/21 Métiers d’art show. Also known as “Le Château des Dames” [Ladies’ Castle], its history is closely linked with the legendary women who alternately lived there: Katherine Briçonnet, Diane de Poitiers, Catherine de’ Medici, Louise de Lorraine, Gabrielle d’Estrées and Louise Dupin.
In the second half of the 16th century, the queen of Italian origins, Catherine de’ Medici gave this residence the splendour of the Renaissance. As proof, numerous inscriptions of her monogram remain visible in the castle’s décor: two interlaced Cs that bear an astounding resemblance to the double C that Gabrielle Chanel presented as early as 1921 on the stopper of the CHANEL N°5 perfume.
Beyond the emblematic CC, echoes of the castle’s rich history meet the world of CHANEL in the black-and-white hues of the tiling in the "Royal Gallery", the appearance of the lion, Gabrielle Chanel’s beloved symbol, embroidered tapestries and in the ordered lines of the castle’s gardens.
is a mark of
“I love that
as a woman.”
Métiers d’art 2020/21
Revealed on Thursday
7PM Paris time
00:00 / 00:00
Introduction read by Keira Knightley