You can count on Chanel’s Artistic Director, Karl Lagerfeld, to present elaborate and electrifying runway shows season after season – and with perfection.
Traditionally set at the Grand Palais in Paris, Lagerfeld has transformed the unique cultural and heritage site according to his creative visions. Some of his extravagant executions include monumental sculptures of the Chanel jacket and the lion that Gabrielle Chanel loved, a fully functioning grocery store, and a launch pad for a rocket ship that launched post-finale.
This bond between Chanel and Grand Palais was initiated by Lagerfeld and has grown since 2005. To reinforce its commitment to Paris, the House will contribute 25 million euros to the restoration and renovation of the Grand Palais.
The 1900 monument has not been renovated since it was built, with the exception of the Nave, the Southeast Gallery and the Salon d’Honneur. A century after its creation–in 2020–the Grand Palais will embark on a new chapter in its story, with major restoration and refurbishment works, for example:
- The dimensions, walkways, décor and original interior lighting of the Grand Palais will all be restored.
- The Rue des Palais will cut right through the monument at basement level, becoming the spectacular main artery that will connect all the spaces of the Grand Palais that have been isolated from one another.
- The exhibition galleries boast cutting-edge museum facilities that will continue promoting national collections and sharing of art.
- A new avenue of Art and Science programming will be explored by the Rmn – Grand Palais and the Palais de la découverte, led by Universcience, through the creation of a Children’s Gallery.
This new commitment highlights the Maison’s wish to contribute to the standing of Paris as a leading cultural and artistic capital. Renovation works are scheduled to begin in December 2020 and culminate in 2024, with a partial reopening in 2023.