Chanel is one of the oldest and most venerable fashion houses in France. Its logo is emblematic of its approach to fashion: simple, no-nonsense, chic, understated, clear.
The story of the company's founder Gabrielle 'Coco' Chanel - even before she founded the company - was so interesting that a film has been made about it. What happened after she started building up her business with a new vision of women's clothing, aided by money provided by her lover, had become legendary.
Indeed, legend is a word that suits Chanel. Legendary names associated with it (Marilyn Monroe), legendary creations (Chanel N°5), a legendary story about how she did or didn't carry a message from the Nazis to the English during the Second World War and a legendary designer that has been working for the company since the early eighties, helping to push the brand into the 21st Century: Karl Lagerfeld.
If you want to experience part of the legend, try out the Chanel boutique on avenue Montaigne.
Being one of the most fascinating and challenging painting techniques, the technique of pastel was actually very popular and fashionable among the 19th - century artists. French artists, like Edgar Degas, for instance, innovated this technique and employed it with an almost expressionist spirit, making it his primary medium to create some of the finest pieces of art.
Today, the Petit Palais des Champs Elysées Paris gives you an unparalleled chance to see a large body of works made with pastels and which have rarely been shown.
Over 150 pieces out of the museum’s collection which holds around two hundred masterpieces await you. So, don’t miss this outstanding opportunity to discover them.
From Renoir to Gauguin to Degas, many iconic artists are present through their works.
"The art of the pastel of Degas to Redon" started from September 15th, 2017, and will last until April 8th, 2018. So, consider visiting the art museum of the Petit Palais.