London’s Saatchi Gallery has come to life exhibiting the worlds and works of the late founding designer Gabrielle ‘Coco’ Chanel and the current creative director; Karl Lagerfeld. Mademoiselle Privé exhibition opened on Tuesday and is due to run until 1 November 2015. With free admission, House of Chanel presents Mademoiselle Prive exhibition in London and it is an extremely enticing and once in a lifetime opportunity; getting up-close and personal with Gabrielle Chanel.
The entire exhibition is physically and visually enduring; with much of the artwork, prints, dresses and jewellery collections speaking for themselves. The beginning of the exhibition was a reconstruction of the mirrored staircase above Chanel’s salon and on the stairs Coco would sit for hours on end, observing. You then proceed to go into Chanel’s first store; a Deauville hat shop, where she spent many summers in Scotland.
On display were couture gowns created by Lagerfeld and a jewellery collections designed by Coco Chanel in 1932. Displayed in the room were large prints of celebrities modelling the diamond jewels such as Julianne Moore, Keira Knightley and Lily Collins. At Tuesday’s preview, Karl had stated: ‘Those pieces look more modern than other pieces of jewellery companies have. Normally I don’t take care of Chanel jewellery, but they asked me to do something special for this collection.’ More than 17 celebrity shots are displayed and they were photographed by Lagerfeld himself’; each wearing a show look and corresponding piece from the Bijoux Diamants collection.
Also on display is an entire room dedicated to the first fragrance bearing the name of a designer; Chanel No.5. Large bubbling cauldrons simultaneously open and close to reveal the ingredients used to create each exotic and timeless fragrance; an attractive and highly successful asset to the House of Chanel.
Now at 82, Karl Lagerfeld has been creative director for Chanel since 1982 when he was asked by former chairman of Chanel, Alain Wertheimer to design for the house. He had told The New York Times: ‘Everybody said don’t touch it, it’s dead, it will never come back’. Karl decided to redefine the house’s codes, equally paying homage to the house’s legendary founder and therefore creating modern design from some of her most emblematic concepts such as the interlocking C.
London has so far this year hosted some of the most exciting fashion exhibitions from Hermés, McQueen, Vuitton and now Chanel. It is truly a global showcase of some of the most powerful fashion houses in the world and with it being free admission; there is truly no excuse not to visit!
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