Chanel pledges 25 million euros to the restoration of the Grand Palais

From one Parisian icon to another


By Su Fen Tan

Chanel pledges 25 million euros to the restoration of the Grand Palais

The Grand Palais des Champs-Élysées, recognisable at a glance by its large glass dome, is one of Paris’ most iconic monuments. It was built back in 1900 for the Universal Exhibition. Having withstood the test of time, the Grand Palais is set to undergo a historic renovation project led by architect Umberto Napalitano, allowing the architectural masterpiece to recover its original grandeur.


Backing this significant project as an exclusive sponsor is Chanel, a fashion house that has long pledged its dedication to support the cultural and artistic stature of Paris. The Grand Palais and Chanel also share a close bond: the historical venue have served as the backdrop for the House’s extraordinary Ready-to-Wear and Haute Couture show sets since 2005.



“For Chanel, the Grand Palais, and especially its exceptional nave where our fashion shows are held, is much more than a simple monument in the heart of Paris,” says Bruno Pavlovsky, Fashion President for Chanel. “Its remarkable architecture makes it a true source of inspiration and creation for Karl Lagerfeld. This Parisian institution has a universal vocation, and we are proud and delighte to accompany the Grand Palais and its President, Sylvie Hubac, in such an ambitious restoration and renovation project.”


Through its exclusive and historic sponsorship, Chanel will contribute 25 million euros to the restoration and renovation of the Grand Palais. The project will begin in December 2020, with a partial reopening scheduled for the spring of 2023. 

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