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SHOOTING OF THE CRUISE COLLECTION

The model Vittoria Ceretti was chosen by Karl Lagerfeld to present the Cruise 2017/18 collection.

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"A DRESS COMES UNDER SCULPTURE,
NOT DRAWING" GABRIELLE CHANEL

Gabrielle Chanel's fascination for Greek Antiquity had a profound influence on how she saw creation. In the center of her apartment stood a headless Venus dating from the first century BC. The timeless, strikingly modern figure implicitly reveals Gabrielle Chanel's technique, painstakingly chiselling, as it were, her garments with her fingers, her pins, the tools of her trade. She referred to the sculptor Praxiteles to explain her art and her vision of fashion, with cuts influenced by architecture, a repertoire of shapes, and fabric that draped naturally over the body.

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WATARU TOMINAGA
IN DIALOG WITH THE MAISONS D'ART

Wataru Tominaga was awarded the Grand Prix of the Jury Première Vision at the Hyères International Festival of Fashion and Photography last year. The Japanese designer was given the opportunity to meet Hubert Barrère, art director of the ateliers Lesage, and to produce his new collection in collaboration with the Chanel Maisons d'Art. 

The collection was presented for the first time this weekend at the 32nd Hyères International Festival of Fashion and Photography.

MADEMOISELLE PRIVÉ SEOUL

After London in 2015, the Mademoiselle Privé exhibition will be showing for a second time, in Seoul. The exhibition, which includes a digital experience, reveals the charismatic personality and irreverent spirit of Gabrielle Chanel and Karl Lagerfeld, as it delves into CHANEL’s origin and sources of creativity.

D Museum, Seoul
June 23 to July 12, 2017
Free admission

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© Genica Athanasiou wearing Gabrielle Chanel's costume for ANTIGONE by Jean Cocteau in 1922 - photo by Man Ray

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© Genica Athanasiou wearing Gabrielle Chanel's costume for ANTIGONE by Jean Cocteau in 1922 - photo by Man Ray

GABRIELLE CHANEL'S ANTIQUE COSTUMES

Choosing an outfit always means deciding what character to play, just like an actor dresses in character for a role on stage. The analogy extends to conjuring up new looks in sketches and drawings. It was thus hardly surprising that in the early 1920s, Jean Cocteau should turn to Gabrielle Chanel, the woman he held to be "the finest dressmaker of the day". He asked her to design costumes for three tragedies, Antigone, Orpheus, and Oedipus Rex, based on rough sketches. Harking back to Greek mythology offered a way to breathe fresh relevance into universal themes such as war, marriage, the power of language, and metamorphosis. Alongside the actors, Cocteau worked with avant-garde artists, with Picasso providing set designs and Honegger the music for Antigone.

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MODERN MYTHOLOGY
BY KARL LAGERFELD

Karl Lagerfeld sought inspiration in ancient Greece for Modern Mythology, a series of photographs drawing on the greatest romance of all Antiquity, Longus's Daphnis and Chloe. The models Bianca Balti and Baptiste Giabiconi in the lead roles embody not the title characters so much as memories of a lost civilization: "Reality is of no interest to me. I use what I like". Karl Lagerfeld

THE FILM MAKING-OF

"Gabrielle has an unconventional style and taste." Pharrell Williams

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