Chanel’s Manchester filming locations
News started to spread in the week or so leading up to it and the event has been the talk of both the town and the fashion set who descended on said town ever since. Yep, we’re referring to Chanel’s ‘2023/24 Métiers d’art Show MCR’ (which, for those not in the know stands for Manchester). Not least because one of our filming locations was used in the making of it all…
Which Manchester locations did Chanel use?
Chanel produced a total of six short films about its ‘2023/24 Métiers d’art Show MCR’, all of which can be found on the fashion label’s YouTube channel. There’s also a longer video, which shows highlights of the brand’s catwalk show, which was held on the 8th of December, and in that one, the location – Thomas Street, in Manchester’s Northern Quarter- is not only evident; it’s central to the whole event.
Throughout the other films, numerous iconic images of both Manchester and its people – famous or otherwise – can be seen, especially in the initial film, 2023/24 Métiers d’art Show – A Taste of Manchester, which was directed by American film director, screenwriter, producer, and former actress Sofia Coppola, and acted as an ‘invitation’ to the event. Look out for famous Manchester institutions such as Factory Records, the Hacienda, Granada Studios and Hulme Bridge (where Kevin Cummins famously photographed Joy Division in 1979).
For the after-party, which is also summed up in one of the beautifully edited short videos on the Chanel YouTube channel, the brand used Victoria Baths, a Grade II listed building in the Chorlton-on-Medlock area of Manchester, which began its life in 1903 as a swimming pool and has recently been converted into an events space.
Hello, Chanel calling!
We got the call from the location scouts working on Chanel’s videos late afternoon on Monday 20th November. The brief: We need a gritty mill where we can shoot still images during some interviews with a fashion designer for a clothing brand. That was it – no big names, no giving the game away. Very quickly (the turnaround on this project was unbelievably fast), the production team chose location 2791, an empty mill with enough preserved features to take you back a good few decades. And as we later discovered, the designers they were interviewing were part of the Chanel Paris team, no less!
Proud to see Manchester on screen?