4 French Trailblazers Who Changed the World
In late 2021 and early 2022 a fabulous exhibition came to Australia – ‘Gabrielle Chanel: Fashion Manifesto’. It examined the legacy of this remarkable woman, who introduced the Little Black Dress, made women not only elegant but also comfortable, and whose perfume is the biggest selling perfume of all time. Chanel is considered one of the 100 most important people of the 20th century.
In this talk, you will get to know the woman behind the clothes, discover how her convent background influenced her designs, find out how she came to be ‘Coco’, admire her creations, learn about her lovers and her Nazi connections, and experience the beauty of her creations.
In late 2021 a fabulous exhibition was shown in Australia – ‘Gabrielle Chanel: Fashion Manifesto’. Held at the National Gallery in Melbourne, this exhibition displayed items not seen by the public before, and examined the legacy of this remarkable woman. Chanel introduced the Little Black Dress, she made women feel not only elegant but also comfortable in their clothes, and one of the perfumes she created is the biggest selling perfume of all time. She dressed the rich and famous, simplified feminine style, designed handbags and hats, and changed the way that women dressed. Chanel is, quite rightly, considered one of the 100 most important people of the 20th century.
Chanel was famously secretive, presenting many versions of her own life story to the public. Her father abandoned his family and her mother died when Gabrielle was still young, so she was sent to a convent.
I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed your Trailblazers series.
As a lifelong Francophone and Francophile, it was so interesting to get the whole story as it were, about your subjects. In each of your presentations, I learned a great deal that I didn’t know, and your information was spot on.
So I thank you so much for the opportunity to listen and learn.
Thank you for your most interesting and informative talk about Victor Hugo. It has stimulated me to get to the library and borrow one of his novels when I can of course.
I loved the lecture, it was so wonderful to be back. I have resisted zoom as I felt I spent too much time on screens. However, being back listening to Susannah’s fantastic lectures was marvellous. I can’t wait until next Monday.
We simply loved last night’s talk, we were listening intently and making notes of new places to visit once “it’s all over.”
Your talk on Victor Hugo was – as expected – brilliant. Yes, his house on Guernsey is extraordinary (I was there in 2015).
I enjoyed your talk on Victor Hugo very much, especially as I have been to his house in Place des Vosges, which I found remarkable. I had booked a trip to visit the house in the Channel Islands but Covid intervened.
Thank you very much for your Zoom meeting on Victor Hugo yesterday. As is always the case, your presentation was excellent and I much enjoyed being enlightened further on his works and his life.
I look forward to next week’s lecture on Paul Cezanne.
You make your authors and their story come to life for me. I am so appreciative! I’ve watched your videos from RACV, Tea with a Book Addict and now your new series. As I live in Melbourne with so many restrictions, you have been the face I have seen most frequently, I count myself very lucky!
Thank you so much for the delightful talk on Victor Hugo yesterday. It was packed with so many interesting facts and I thoroughly enjoyed every moment of it.
Thank you for your wonderful talk yesterday. My friend Jan who watched with me said “now I know why you go on those trips”.