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Virginie Viard brings the CHANEL Métiers d’art 2020/21 collection to the Château de Chenonceau

Virginie Viard brings the CHANEL Métiers d’art 2020/21 collection to the Château de Chenonceau

The “Château des Dames” was an obvious choice for the artistic director of the Maison Virginie Viard, who presented the traditional Métiers d’Art fashion show last night, on Chanel’s platform and on its social networks. A first for the French fashion house, which transported us to another space-time: that of the Renaissance.

 

With the Métiers d’Art 2020-21 collection, Virginie Viard once again wanted to highlight the exceptional know-how of the 38 different art workshops that Chanel has acquired in recent years in order to safeguard them, from milliners to embroiderers, lacemakers and plumbers (11 of these art workshops will be gathered in the new hub that will soon open in the north of Paris and in which the brand has invested nearly 19 million euros).

 

The large gallery at the Château de Chenonceau, where the fashion show is taking place, inspired the looks of gothic princesses, including glittery miniskirts with black and white checkered patterns (and matching handbags) worn over leggings in shiny lycra (or stretch velvet).

 

 

To note also an astonishing ball skirt in woven tweed associated with a black sweater with white flowers patterns in Renaissance style that grow on the sleeves. But also capes, poet’s blouses, gloves with ruffled cuffs and D’Artagnan de Massaro boots for a little bit of boasting in the 16th century style.

 

 

Add to this, richly beaded tracksuits or a denim shirt sprinkled with flowers.

 

 

The tapestries of the castle have also inspired the Intarsia knitwear and Lesage‘s embroidered evening sweaters. As for the Lemarie family, renowned for their work on feathers and artificial flowers, they are at the origin of the latticework of black ribbons laid on translucent organza that evoke the traditional court dress of Chenonceau’s glorious era but with a slight contemporary touch.

 

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This dialogue through the centuries is also expressed in the black velvet coat that opens to reveal a pale tweed silhouette, buttoned and gilded like a traditional Chanel jacket. This is enough to avoid shivering in the castel.

 

 

“It was designed and inhabited by women, including Diane de Poitiers and Catherine de Médicis. It is a castle on a human scale. And the emblem of Catherine de Medicis was a monogram composed of two intertwined “C “s, like that of Chanel. We don’t know if Coco was directly inspired by it, but it’s likely because she admired the women of the Renaissance”Virginie Viard said of the exceptional setting.

 

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