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Gabrielle Chanel. Fashion Manifesto is heading to Melbourne

After a successful showing in Paris, which included an haute couture runway show, the Gabrielle Chanel Fashion Manifesto will head to Melbourne in December 2021.

The flamboyant exhibition features more than 100 garments that trace the remarkable career of renowned French couturière Gabrielle Chanel (1883–1971).

It will be presented by the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) in partnership with the Palais Galliera, the preeminent fashion museum of the City of Paris, and will be launched on Saturday 4 December 2021 with the popular black-tie event, the NGV Gala.

Chanel exhibition highlights

Gabrielle Chanel. Fashion Manifesto showcases the impressive breadth of Gabrielle Chanel’s output and her design codes.

More than 100 garments will be on display alongside Chanel’s innovations in perfume, jewellery and accessory design.

The artefacts were taken from the rich holdings of the Palais Galliera and the Patrimoine de CHANEL in Paris as well as loans from major public museums and private collections.

Chanel Paris. Credit: Canva

The Melbourne presentation also features several designs from the NGV Collection. It will include recent, never-before-seen acquisitions generously gifted by Krystyna Campbell-Pretty AM and family, including a white lace evening dress, spring-summer 1933 and spectacular shirred red silk velvet and marabou-lined evening cape, c. 1924–26.

Other highlights include early examples of Gabrielle Chanel’s use of black to connote modernity and chic; delicate lace gowns; wool jersey and tailored tweed suits; dazzling beaded garments; and bold costume jewellery.

“Melbournians love their fashion so it is fitting that Gabrielle Chanel. Fashion Manifesto makes its first international debut right here in Melbourne after its premiere in Paris,” Victoria’s Minister for Creative Industries, Danny Pearson said.

Ticket prices

Gabrielle Chanel Fashion Manifesto will run from 5 December 2021 to 25 April 2022 on the ground floor of the National Gallery of Victoria.

Tickets will cost $30 for adults, $10 for children and $28 concession. NGV Gallery members can purchase tickets for $25. The gallery will also have family packages for purchase.

The Gallery can be found at 180 St Kilda Road Melbourne.

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