Le Château des Dames
Métiers d'Art 2020/21
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Each December since 2002, CHANEL unveils a collection dedicated to its Fashion Métiers d’art.This collection highlights the creative dialogue between Virginie Viard, Artistic Director of CHANEL’s Fashion collections, and the Maisons d’art, enhancing the creations of the House. This Ready-to-Wear collection specific to CHANEL celebrates the skills of the artisans: paruriers from Desrues, feathermakers from Lemarié, milliners from Maison Michel, embroiderers from Lesage and Atelier Montex, shoemakers from Massaro, goldsmiths from Goossens, glovemakers from Causse Gantier and pleaters from Lognon, in Paris and in France.
This year, the show of the 2020/21 Métiers d’art collection is held at the Château de Chenonceau, located in the Loire Valley and also known as “Le Château des Dames”.
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.
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