has chosen the gardens at the as the stage for his next big production: the 2013 collection.
The show will be presented on May 14, but other details are still under wraps. Past Chanel Resort shows have been presented in St. Tropez, Los Angeles, and along the French Riviera, and their locations usually speak to the theme of the collection. At Versailles — where the French royal family ruled in extravagance for 100 years before the French Revolution — the only theme that comes to mind is sheer excess.
This isn't the first time Versailles has been used for a show. In 2007, rented out the palace for 's 60th anniversary couture show, and in 1973, , , , , and faced off against couturiers , ,, , and in a runway spectacle that became known as the Battle of Versailles.
Whether Chanel creates a tribute to along the Royal Pathway or shows a decadent collection dripping with diamonds by the Grand Canal, living up to past fashion shows at Versailles will be a tall order — but if anyone is up to the task, it's definitely Lagerfeld. The set for his
Spring 2011 Chanel show was based on Versailles's extensive gardens, and he's shot numerous fashion editorials at the palace over the years. Click through to see some of those — along with other Versailles-set shoots — here, in the gallery.