The National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) is set to welcome the Gabrielle Chanel. Fashion Manifesto exhibition to Australia in December.
The exhibition, which was developed by Palais Galliera, makes its international debut at the NGV and is the first exhibition in Australia to exclusively focus on the significant contribution to twentieth-century fashion culture by the renowned French couturière Gabrielle Chanel (1883–1971).
Gabrielle Chanel. Fashion Manifesto features more than 230 garments, accessories and jewellery pieces drawn from the holdings of the Palais Galliera and the Patrimoine de Chanel in Paris, complemented by loans from major public museums and private collections.
NGV director Tony Ellwood AM welcomed the launch of the exhibition.
"There is no bigger name in twentieth century fashion design than Gabrielle Chanel.
"Her originality, timelessness and elegance forged a radically modern vision of fashion and a singular style.
"Gabrielle Chanel. Fashion Manifesto will be expansive, visually sumptuous and will reveal the achievements and enduring legacy of the extraordinary French fashion designer," he said.
At the NGV announcement of the Gabrielle Chanel. Fashion Manifesto exhibition - photo by Getty
The exhibition is displayed across a range of chronological and thematic sections, exploring Chanel's design codes across fashion, perfume, jewellery and accessories.
Highlights include early examples of her use of black to connote modernity and chic; delicate lace gowns; wool jersey and tailored tweed suits; dazzling beaded garments; and, bold costume jewellery.
Minister for Creative Industries Danny Pearson added that exhibition will also give a much-needed boost to the local economy.
"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.
"Exhibitions of this calibre attract visitors from right across the nation, boosting local tourism and adding to Victoria's standing as the creative state," he said.
Gabrielle Chanel. Fashion Manifesto will be on display at NGV International, Melbourne, from 4 December 2021 – 25 April 2022.
The exhibition will be celebrated at the NGV Gala on Saturday 19 February 2022.