Byzantium and Chanel
This may be a bit of a surprise but if it is not about bringing Byzantium to life what is? Karl Lagerfeld presented Chanel’s Pre-Fall 2011 collection based upon a Byzantine theme. They transformed the house’s Rue Cambon couture salons in Paris with pillows and stained glass tables to put the focus on the clothes in an intimate setting. Apparently some of the heavily embellished pieces can run $20,000 to $40,000.
According to Lagerfeld “The theme was inspired by Gabrielle Chanel’s Byzantine cross-adorned cuffs and the Byzantine empress Theodora. She was a circus artist who became empress, like Chanel, who was a little singer and became a fashion empress.” He continued: “I like the idea of these two strong women,” before adding with a wink: “You know, there’s Chanel everywhere . . . I take a little idea and I make a collection.”
Watch Byzantine fashion on the move in this You Tube Video. A longer one can be seen on the Chanel website.