We already knew Paris as the fashion capital of the world, but now it is official. The French capital is opening a new gallery to house the permanent collections at Palais Galliera, aptly named “The Gabrielle Chanel Rooms”. Exhibition rooms – resulting of a 7,211 square foot space – are to be created in the Palais’s basement area, with the support of the City of Paris and the exclusive sponsorship of Chanel.
The new gallery is slated to open late 2019 and the new spaces will be devoted to the history of fashion from the 18th century to the present day. The museum’s will showcase permanent collections, which comprise some 200,000 garments, accessories, and documents.
The Palais Galleria is already considered the Fashion Museum of Paris, but currently only displays temporary exhibits. The new area will have a year-round exhibit dedicated to fashion’s history from the 18th century to today, plus a learning workshop and a bookstore.
“This initiative represents a lasting commitment to creation and to the strength of Paris, which is at the heart of Chanel’s business,” said Bruno Pavlovsky, president of Chanel Fashion, in a statement. “Supporting an institution like the Palais Galliera is part of our mission to bring fashion history to life.”
The city is hoping the partnership will draw visitors — both French and international — to Paris, which experienced a sharp decline in tourism in 2016 after militant attacks, floods, and strikes.
“Thanks to the valuable support of the House of Chanel, the history of fashion, the excellency of French Haute Couture, the savoir-faire and creativity will now have a prestigious place in these new rooms that Palais Galliera will proudly inaugurate in 2019,” says Olivier Saillard, Director of Palais Galliera.