Coco Chanel: The Life of a Fashion Icon

Coco Chanel: The Life of a Fashion Icon


Posted 2024-05-19 by Gillian Chingfollow

Fri 04 Oct 2024 - Sat 19 Oct 2024

Join the Queensland Ballet for their upcoming production honouring and interpreting the complex, controversial and creative life of Gabrielle Coco Chanel in The Life of a Fashion Icon in Brisbane from 4 to 19 October 2024.

Who was Coco Chanel?
Few fashion designers captured and sustained the imagination of the world more than Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel. Chanel was a French designer, who emerged from poverty of humble beginnings and grew up with her sisters in a French orphanage. Her bold strength and tenacity saw her forge a new life and become a pioneer of women's fashion with originality and ambition and changed what women would wear forever.

After her mother died in 1895, 11-year-old Gabrielle Chanel was sent to a convent-run orphanage in Aubazine. It was there that she learned to sew. She opened a tiny millinery shop in Paris, in 1910. Chanel expanded her design reach and transformed fashion by introducing the “little black dress” (commonly called LBD), her strings of pearls, the inclusion of camelia flowers and of course handwoven tweed jackets. Her signature scent, Chanel No 5 is still exceptional, marked like all of her pieces with the interlocking double C logo and named after her favourite number.

The House of Chanel continues today following Chanel's passing in 1971 as supreme in the art of haute couture, ready to wear and accessories. Former German designer Karl Lagerfeld and now French fashion rock chic Virginie Viard carry on Coco's signature designs with modern flair, modernity, exquisite style and dramatic beauty.

And now, the Queensland Ballet will be telling Gabrielle's story through dance in their new production, Coco Chanel: The Life of a Fashion Icon.

The Production
The Queensland Ballet's production is imagined by Belgian-Colombian choreographer Annabelle Lopez Ochoa and features an original score by Peter Salem, elegant sets and costumes by the award-winning Jerome Kaplan, and artistic collaboration by Nancy Meckler. Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, a former dancer said, “I find it gratifying to present a ballet with a theme that enlightens us about the evolution of the position of women in society.”

You can see Coco Chanel: The Life of a Fashion Icon at The Playhouse at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre.

Tickets range from:
30 years & under$99
Group 6+$105

The Playhouse is located at Russell Street, South Brisbane.

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