Chanel Métiers d’Art show in Manchester: Fashion giant's nod to city's music, football and culture in preview

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What we know about Chanel's Manchester-themed fashion show taking place in the Northern Quarter.

With just one more day until the big fashion show, Chanel has posted some more details about how Manchester will feature in the prestigious event. 

The heritage fashion house has posted two reels in Instagram advertising the release of the Métiers d'Art film, which will be streamed the day after on Friday 8 December at 9am. 

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Both Instagram posts share the same caption, including a line about Manchester’s role in the inspiration behind the event. It reads: “Creative dialogue is at the heart of every CHANEL Métiers d’art collection. It lies within the work between Artistic Director of the Fashion collections Virginie Viard, the ateliers at rue Cambon, the Maisons d’art at 𝘭𝘦19M, and connects artists and friends of the House, cities and cultures, season after season.

“CHANEL has chosen to present the 2023/24 Métiers d’art show in Manchester, one of the most effervescent cities of pop culture and an avant-garde one, whose bands, spanning all genres, have changed the history of music.”

The first video is a graphic text video, designed by Peter Saville, who created the iconic album art for Joy Division’s Unknown Pleasures album, set to New Order’s Bizarre Love Triangle. The second is a montage by film director Sofia Coppola of Manchester imagery and archive footage, as well as photos from the Manchester issue of Chanel’s Chaos 69 magazine, set to Blue Monday. 

Eagled-eyed Mancunians will recognise some of the places and people in the Manchester montage. It features examples of iconic Manchester architecture, both Victorian and modernist, references to football, music legends and even bus routes. 

How Chanel celebrated Manchester with Métiers d'Art montage

  • Emmeline Pankhurst and the suffragettes

  • George Best playing for Manchester United

  • The Smiths cover for Shakespeare Sister, which features an image of Coronation Street legend Elsie Tanner

  • References to weaving and textiles

  • Thomas Street, where the Métiers d'Art is taking place

  • Street sign for Oxford Road

  • Ian Curtis performing and the mural of him by Akse P19, currently on the Star and Garter pub.

  • A photo of Oldham-born model Karen Elson, under an Elson Street sign, shot by Manchester-born film director Elaine Constantine. 

  • The Witchway bus, which travels from Burnley to Manchester

  • Victoria Baths

  • Poster for the Kim Philby, Devilles on Albert Square featuring A Certain Ration and The Pop Group

  • Castlefield, both under and on the Viaduct

  • Manchester City supporters flag

  • A City of Manchester street sign with the Chanel logo replacing the ‘C’ in Manchester.

  • Factory Records

  • Chanel Street sign in the style of the Coronation Street sign, possible also Canal Street 

  • Piccadilly Club

  • The Macdonald Hotel

  • The Star and Garter pub

  • The University of Manchester

  • John Cooper Clarke

  • Central Library walk floor mosaic tiles

  • Chanel logo in Factory Records yellow and black stripes

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