Although the words Chanel and ‘costume' have always been far from mutually exclusive, the 'Fastes de Cour & Cérémonies Royales' ('Court Pomp & Royal Ceremony') exhibition which opens to the public in Versailles today has more to do with the fashion house than you might think. Showcasing European court costumes from 1650 to 1800 and running until 28 June, the presentation is officially sponsored by Chanel. And, judging by Karl Lagerfeld's foreword, it looks like the ‘exceptional splendour' of the 17th and 18th century monarchical costumes are where he finds his inspiration: ‘Nothing was too beautiful or too expensive,' he writes, and ‘One had to dazzle to impose...' So that's why we can't afford the new 2.55 and yet still really, really want one... [WWD]
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