Vıctorıa&Albert Museum to stage major Coco Chanel exhıbıtıon
The V&A Museum is preparing to stage a major new exhibition dedicated to the life and work of pioneering designer Gabrielle ‘Coco’ Chanel.
The show, which will be the first UK exhibition of its kind, will chart the evolution of her designs and the establishment of the house of Chanel – from the opening of her first millinery boutique in Paris in 1910 to the showing of her final collection in 1971.
The exhibition will feature more than 180 looks by the French couturière – the first time they will have all been displayed together – alongside jewellery, accessories, cosmetics and fragrance. It will be loosely based on the Gabrielle Chanel. Fashion Manifesto exhibition organised by the Palais Galliera in Paris, but reimagined for the V&A. The installation will also feature rarely seen pieces from the V&A’s own collection, alongside archive pieces from Chanel’s heritage collections – including clothing worn by Hollywood stars like Lauren Bacall and Marlene Dietrich.
The exhibition will be split into eight themed sections, exploring her innovative approach to fabric, silhouette and construction. It will also explore her professional career, her personal style, and the impact of her work on the fashion industry.