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The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
Organized by the Costume Institute
May 5 – August 7, 2005
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One of the most recognized designers and couturiers of the 20th century, the almost mythical status of Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel (1883–1971) was the direct consequence of her self-invention and self-promotion. However, it is the mastery of her work and lasting influence on the image of the modern woman that confirms her iconic stature.

The Met exhibition examines the history of the House of Chanel both thematically and chronologically. Period examples will be juxtaposed with the work of designer Karl Lagerfeld, who in 1983 revitalized the spirit and identity of the house. CHANEL, organized by Harold Koda and Andrew Bolton, both of the Costume Institute, will feature designs and accessories from the museum’s own collection, the Chanel archives, and other international institutions. The accompanying book, CHANEL, edited by Koda and Bolton, includes a foreword by Karl Lagerfeld.

Gabrielle Chanel (French, 1883–1971), dress, ca. 1930. Peach silk lace. Courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art; purchase, Isabel Shults Fund, 2004.
Gabrielle Chanel, 1935. ©Man Ray Trust / ADAGP Paris 200. Courtesy of Chanel.

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