Chanel and the opening gala of Opéra de Paris 2019/2020

It was that time of the year: The opening gala of the Opéra national de Paris each September is always a big event. The new season 2019/2020 is celebrated with an exceptional gala. Celebrities and art lovers are dressed up to the nines. Of course, this is a black-tie event. Fashion meets the arts.
The foyer of the opera is stunning as it is, but for the opening it is decorated with an abundance of flowers. Responsible for this stunning display was Maison d’Art Lemarié. These creatives have been very valuable for Chanel and have worked on countless creations. Last years event was very colourful and this year the designers opted for calmer colours. Not sure how the golden tractor tyres fit into this design, though.

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For the second consecutive year the House of Chanel was the patron of the Gala opening night for the dance season of the Opéra national de Paris. Karl Lagerfeld designed ballet costumes for La Scala in Milan, for the Opéra de Paris and the Monte Carlo Opera etc. Chanel has been passionate about all forms of art since the beginning. Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel was fascinated by movement and a keen adherent of comfort, right from the start she drew inspiration from dancing to invent a new freedom for the silhouette. The designer loved being surrounded by the artists of her era.

Always remove, always take away. Never add anything. Nothing is more beautiful than the freedom of the body
— Coco Chanel

Virginie Viard, the Artistic Director of the Fashion collection of Chanel has overseen this years project. And this short film below gives a wonderful insight into the work.

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© Courtesy of Chanel

© Courtesy of  Chanel

© Courtesy of Chanel

© Courtesy of  Chanel

© Courtesy of Chanel

© Courtesy of  Chanel

© Courtesy of Chanel

After the show, nearly 750 guests celebrated the evening in the foyers of the Palais Garnier and with a dinner under the impressive decor of the opera house. The after-party with lots of dancing at the legendary Rotonde des Abonnés followed.
By the way, if you like to attend this lavish event, you can buy tickets for it each year.

© Courtesy of  Chanel

© Courtesy of Chanel

From left to right: Francesca Hawyward / Aurélie Dupont and Dorothée Gilbert / Kate Moran / Cécile Cassel
Photos: Virgile Guinard