More than 100 outfits from Gabrielle Chanel is now on exhibition at the NGV in Melbourne, and it’s a must-see for fans of the designs from this renowned French couturiere. Chanel’s innovative designs in fashion, perfumes and jewellery are on display alongside one another, charting the evolution of the famous “Chanel Style”. The exhibition premiered in Paris in 2020. It has now made its international debut here in Melbourne’s NGV.

Chanel Exhibition in Melbourne

In this fabulous exhibition, you can get an appreciation and understanding of what makes Gabriel Chanel one of the most influential designers of the twentieth century. Get up close to Chanel’s earlier designs and appreciate all the details that go into making them. There are dresses, evening gowns, coats and a vast array of classic Chanel tweed suits for your browsing pleasure. In one of the display rooms, a beautiful collection of Chanel jewellery will bedazzle you.

Chanel is a label that is way out of my budget, but it was great to see some of the garments that make it one of the most lucrative brands in the world. The construction of the garments is immaculate. The designs are classic and have withstood the fashion trends which have come and gone. The garments are all very wearable. Are they worth the exorbitant prices the brand commands today? To someone who loves top-end luxury, the answer would always be ‘yes’. Chanel knows how to make someone feel special with their faultless, timeless designs.

Gabriel Chanel Fashion Manifesto is on at the NGV until 25 April 2022.

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