Explore Coco Chanel’s pioneering approach to fashion, paving the way for a new kind of feminine elegance in the 20th century that remains an inspiration for women today.
A global fashion icon, the enduring legacy of French designer Gabrielle ‘Coco’ Chanel remains as strong today as it was in the aftermath of the First World War at the height of her popularity. The exhibition charts the evolution of her iconic design style and the establishment of the House of CHANEL, beginning with her first millinery boutique in Paris in 1910 to the showing of her final collection for CHANEL in 1971.
Over 180 iconic CHANEL looks will be on display, with highlights including outfits made for Hollywood starlets Lauren Becall and Marlene Dietrich, classic Chanel suits and little black dresses. Jewellery, perfumes and accessories will also be showcased, demonstrating Chanel’s pioneering approach to both fashion and beauty.
Coco Chanel’s design ethos was centred around designing for herself, creating clothes that were comfortable and stylish for the active, independent modern woman. Explore her approach to fabric, silhouette and constriction, and learn how she completely reimagined the framework of fashion in the 20th century.
Surprisingly, the exhibition also showcases how Coco Chanel was inspired by British aesthetics including tweed and other British-made textiles.
Why you should go
Visit the first ever UK exhibition dedicated to Coco Chanel
Catch a glimpse of rarely seen pieces from the V&A’s fashion collection and pieces from the CHANEL Fashion House
Explore the history of women’s fashion through the story of one of its most formidable pioneers
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Cromwell Road, London, Greater London, SW7 2RL
020 7942 2000
Phased reopening – see the V&A’s website for details.
Fri until 10pm
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The Fashion Gallery will be closed for refurbishment 18 Jan 2021 – 20 April 2022
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