Jun 30, 2009

When I prepared myself to go to Chanel fashion show. My friend called me that she couldn’t go to that fashion show. So I went alone, and wondering what’s new of the Chanel. Chanel anually hosts many fashion shows in Grand Palais. Karl Lagerfeld, designer for Chanel, has been inspired by the enormous potential of the Grand Palais since 2006. Yet, the building's appeal goes back much further: "I first discovered the Grand Palais when I was a child, at a Car Show! However one of my fondest memories dates from the end of the nineteen sixties, when I attended a Maurice Béjart ballet in this amazing venue", explains Lagerfeld. Many famous artists, singer attended the fashion show.

The Grand Palais is one of Paris’ most recognizable landmarks thanks to its magnificent glass-domed roof. Built for Paris Exhibition of 1900. The main facade was the work of Henri Deglane, the opposite side the work of Albert-Félix Théophile Thomas, the interior and the other two ends given to Albert Louvet, with the entire job supervised by Charles Girault. Located at 1, Avenue Géneral Eisenhower 75008 PARIS (standart administration).

The Grand Palais is currently the largest existing ironwork and glass structure in the world, a title once held by London’s Crystal Palace, which was lost in a fire. This palace with the Belle Epoque-style pinnacle boasts 9,400 tons of steel framework, 15,000 sq. meter (162,000 sq ft) of glass, and about 5,000 square meter (5,400 sq ft) of galvanized iron/zinc roofing. The exterior is made of Georges Recipon's galloping horses stone and features beautiful colored mosaics and intricately sculpted friezes.

There are actually three different areas in the Grand Palais, each with a different entrance: the Palais de la Découverte (a science museum) is at the Avenue Franklin Roosevelt, the Galeries National du Grand Palais (an exposition hall) has an entrance at the Clémenceau Square and the entrance to the Nef du Grand Palais (an event hall) is at the Avenue Winston Churchill (opposite the Petit Palais).

After one of the Grand Palais’ glass ceiling tiles fell in 1993, the building was closed for more than a decade for renovations. The first portion reopened in 2004, the remainder in 2007. Renovations included repair of the metal framework, replacement of the glass, and the repairing and recovering of the roof. Some of the Grand Palais’ artwork also got a facelift, including Georges Recipon’s galloping horse sculptures at the top of the building's corners

The main gallery is now a designated site for displaying contemporary art, you’ll see everything here from antique car shows to fashion extravaganzas for some of Paris’s top designers, including Dior, Chanel, and Yves Saint Laurent.

What an incredible palais!

Station on Paris metro: Invalides , Champs Élysées Clémenceau