Fashion Space Gallery: Chanel – The Curator

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“I have always liked Chanel’s fashion aesthetic – understated, often minimal clothing, with the functionality of menswear influences infused for daywear. And, in contrast, her lesser-known romantic eveningwear – crinoline skirted and corsetted gowns from the late 1930s, and dresses with exquisite handcrafted embroidery. As a curator whose fascination lies primarily in objects as evidence of lives lived, it was her creative output, rather than her biography, which always fascinated me most. I wrote my first book about in her 1994, when I was curator of 20th Century Dress at the V&A.”