The exhibition “Gabrielle Chanel. Fashion Manifesto” is now showing at the NGV in Melbourne until April 2022. In this exclusive video, made especially for T Australia, Fashion and Textiles Curator Danielle Whitfield takes us through her three favourite pieces.
Featuring over 100 original, perfectly preserved designs dating back to the 1920s, the extensive exhibition was first shown at the Palais Galliera – the City of Paris Fashion Museum – early last year, but on display in Melbourne are additional designs from the NGV’s own collection, including a favourite of Whitfield’s. “I’m really proud we’ve been able to acquire a gorgeous red velvet evening cape from the 1920s, which will now feature in this exhibition,” she says. “It shows the restrained luxury that Chanel really advocated for, as well as a purity of material.”