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Chanel: Designs for the Modern Woman

Chanel: Designs for the Modern Woman

Mint Museum RANDOLPH May 21 2011-Feb 26 2012   /  Explore the timeless and feminine designs of Chanel, with a selection of suits, evening wear and accessories ranging from modern to early examples.

Exhibition Highlights

About The Exhibition

Harold Koda, Curator-in-Charge of the Costume Institute at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, once stated: “In creating a wardrobe for herself, Chanel invented the idea of the modern woman…it is her work, which transcended class barriers and revolutionized the ideals of dress, that is the ultimate testament of her life.” And thus the name of Chanel has long been recognized as one associated with elegance, refinement, and fashionable flair.

The Mint Museum’s Historic Costume and Fashionable Dress collection has within its holdings more than fifty works by the legendary French designer Gabrielle Bonheur “Coco” Chanel (1883-1971) and whose House of Chanel in Paris, under the design leadership of Karl Lagerfeld, continues to carry her name. Her fashions and accessories – including her famous Chanel No. 5 perfume – earned her a place on Time Magazine’s 100 most influential people of the 20th century. Her tailored two-piece suits for women are icons of her designs and the Museum is proud to have, among its rarities, an early example that dates to circa 1926-1930. A selection of suits, evening wear, and fashion accessories will comprise this presentation of Chanel fashions.

Chanel: Designs for the Modern Womanis made possible with generous support from U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management. Media Sponsor: Our State magazine. Exhibition organized by the Mint Museum.


For more information on the works in this exhibition, go to the Mint Wiki and select the link to the exhibition. The Mint Wiki is a service of The Mint Museum Library.