I recently read an article about the exhibition «The Chanel Legend» at the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe in Hamburg, Germany in the newspaper. There is probably no other fashion icon from the past that is more talked about and cited than Mademoiselle Chanel. There haven been plenty of books written, movies produced and exhibitions held about her yet there still remains a certain aura of the unknown.. What started as a millinery in 1910 has become one of the leading global fashion houses more than 100 years later. Read below the description of the exhibition:
Coco Chanel (1883-1971) is one of the most eminent couturiers of the 20th century. She already appears as an advocate of simple, comfortable clothes in the years just after 1910, thus helping to pave the way for a style which has retained its major importance in the fashion world until today. Such outstanding fashion classics as the «little black dress», the CHANEL tweed suit and the handbag are inseparably linked with her person. Since her start-up in 1913, Chanel has built up an international and, until the present day, astoundingly successful fashion empire. Coco – her real name was Gabrielle – Chanel launched her perfume «CHANEL N° 5», whose overwhelming commercial success guaranteed her a financial independence which was to last all her life, at the beginning of the 1920s. She combined fashion jewelry and genuine gemstones with surefooted confidence and had herself portrayed by celebrity photographers such as Man Ray or Horst P. Horst. «The Chanel Legend» investigates why it is that the person of Coco Chanel and the brand she established have attracted such huge attention up to and including the present, which is also due to the brilliant achievement of Karl Lagerfeld in combining this legacy with the fluctuating currents of contemporary taste since 1983. The exhibition shows a total of more than 150 objects from eminent collections, including women’s suits, accessories, jewelry, historical photographs and over 100 fashion magazines spanning a period from 1920 to 1971. Besides more than 75 original garments and jewelry creations by Coco Chanel, over 35 adaptions of the CHANEL classics can be seen for the first time, which in their own individual way give us a new appreciation of the «Chanel Legend».
«The Chanel Legend» at the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe in Hamburg can be seen to the 18th of May 2014.