The Palais Galliera, or Palais Galliera Fashion Museum, has finally opened its doors after a two-year renovation worth $ 10 million. The exhibition area is twice as large and has the capacity to accommodate not only its own collection of fashion exhibits, but also to hold large temporary exhibitions.


The official opening of the renovated museum is accompanied by a special exhibition entitled "Gabrielle Chanel: Fashion Manifesto", which will last until March 14, 2021. Fans of fashion, and especially the great Coco Chanel, will have the opportunity to see the one place over 350 clothes and accessories of the designer, grouped in ten sections. They all occupy a remarkable area of ​​1 square meters. The purpose of the exhibition is not only to pay tribute to the work of Coco, but also to show how her style was formed over the years, until she became a true icon and role model. of such rich and famous ladies, future French and world designers.


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Everything that symbolizes Chanel and her fashion house: from tweed suits and leather accessories, to the comet-shaped lace brooch, through her favorite little black dress, is in the main hall of the museum and in some of the new galleries downstairs named of Gabrielle Chanel. The first part of the exhibition takes us back to the very beginning of Chanel's design career, showing one of her most iconic clothes, namely marine or the sailor's blouse as it is known.


photo: Stephane De Sakutin / AFP

Perhaps the most remarkable thing in the exhibition is the original bottle of the perfume "Chanel № 5" from 1921, to which an entire hall is dedicated. In each of the halls there is a photo portrait of Gabriel, reflecting the spirit of her style and her development as a designer in the respective period of the models. The large-scale exhibition includes models from the Galleria collection, as well as international museums such as The Victoria & Albert Museum in London, the De Young Museum in San Francisco, the Museo de la moda in Santiago, Chile. , the MoMu Museum in Antwerp, Belgium, as well as private collections.

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