The many facets of Chanel on display in London
today Oct 12, 2015
London's Saatchi Gallery is set to launch its three-week "Mademoiselle Privé" exhibition, which will take visitors through the storied history of the French fashion house Chanel, touching on fashion, fragrance, jewelry and the famous couturiers behind it all.
Running October 13 through November 1, "Mademoiselle Privé" covers Chanel both with Coco Chanel and Karl Lagerfeld at the helm. It spans the brand's long and celebrated relationship with couture as well as the story behind its legendary Chanel No. 5 perfume.
Another focus of the show is the 1932 haute joaillerie collection, Bijoux de Diamants, which was designed by Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel and reissued by Karl Lagerfeld for the autumn/winter 2015 couture show in Paris earlier this year. For this section of the show, Karl Lagerfeld has photographed celebrities including Kristen Stewart, Lily-Rose Depp, Vanessa Paradis, Keira Knightley, Stella Tennant and Julianne Moore.
"Audacity, freedom and innovation" are said to be the essential elements of Chanel and will be at the forefront throughout the exhibition, according to the gallery.
The show is installed on all three floors of the venue. In addition, daily workshops throughout its duration reveal more about Chanel craftsmanship, teaching visitors how to embroider and work with feathers, while an olfactive workshop offers insight into the six key elements of Chanel No. 5.
Find out more at the dedicated website mademoiselleprive.chanel.com. A visitor's app with interactive content can be accessed from that site and is available for Apple and Android.
The exhibition is one of several haute couture-focused shows to arrive at art venues this year. The Alexander McQueen exhibition "Savage Beauty" opened at London's V&A Museum in March and wound up extending its run and breaking visitor records. At the Bowes Museum in the UK's County Durham, "Yves Saint Laurent: Style is Eternal" examined the French fashion designer's vision and its lasting influence on modern womenswear.
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