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  • June 3rd, 2017
    MADEMOISELLE PRIVÉ SEOUL : <BR />A JOURNEY TO THE SOURCES <BR />OF CHANEL'S CREATIVITY

    MADEMOISELLE PRIVÉ SEOUL :
    A JOURNEY TO THE SOURCES
    OF CHANEL'S CREATIVITY

    The exhibition Mademoiselle Privé now travels to Seoul for the second leg of its journey, opening on 23 June. This unique experience showcases Karl Lagerfeld's creative vision and his ever-fresh takes on the brand's codes and symbols. Drawing on Gabrielle Chanel's own life and creative process, the sources of inspiration that characterize Chanel's identity are brought to the fore throughout the exhibition. From Haute Couture to Haute Joaillerie, the exhibition takes the visitor to the very heart of Chanel's creativity, looking at the origins of symbols that have become synonymous with the brand, such as camellias, stars, pearls, N°5, and lions.

  • May 19th, 2017
    DELPHINE SEYRIG <BR />"L'ANNÉE DERNIÈRE À MARIENBAD", 1961

    DELPHINE SEYRIG
    "L'ANNÉE DERNIÈRE À MARIENBAD", 1961

    Alain Resnais’ 1961 film "L’année dernière à Marienbad" takes place inside a Baroque palace in Germany surrounded by French formal gardens. The silver lamé and white chiffon dresses worn by the leading actress, Delphine Seyrig, were designed by Gabrielle Chanel. For this role, she adopted the appareance of a short-haired brunette, not unlike that of Chanel’s founder.

    © Evening Standard

  • May 2nd, 2017
    "A DRESS COMES UNDER SCULPTURE, <BR />NOT DRAWING" GABRIELLE CHANEL

    "A DRESS COMES UNDER SCULPTURE,
    NOT DRAWING" GABRIELLE CHANEL

    Gabrielle Chanel's fascination for Greek Antiquity had a profound influence on how she saw creation. In the center of her apartment stood a headless Venus dating from the first century BC. The timeless, strikingly modern figure implicitly reveals Gabrielle Chanel's technique, painstakingly chiselling, as it were, her garments with her fingers, her pins, the tools of her trade. She referred to the sculptor Praxiteles to explain her art and her vision of fashion, with cuts influenced by architecture, a repertoire of shapes, and fabric that draped naturally over the body.

    © Olivier Saillant

  • March 6th, 2017
    HEAD IN THE STARS

    HEAD IN THE STARS

    Gabrielle Chanel, La Pausa, 1938.

    © Roger Schall

  • March 3rd, 2017
    GABRIELLE CHANEL : <BR />A SUPERSTITIOUS WOMAN

    GABRIELLE CHANEL :
    A SUPERSTITIOUS WOMAN

    Gabrielle Chanel was fascinated by astrology: the zodiac, particularly Leo, her own birth sign, constantly shaped her creative vision. Her designs can be read in terms not just of inspiration, but also of superstition. She believed in the constellation's influence and chose lion motifs for her own home decor, with a lion statue never far from her.

  • January 20th, 2017
    THE MIRRORED STAIRCASE

    THE MIRRORED STAIRCASE

    It was Gabrielle Chanel's idea to arrange mirrors along the length of the staircase. They would provide a fragmented view of what was going on downstairs—the show. Mademoiselle Chanel liked to sit at the top of the stairs out of view, watching every detail of each presentation, and the reactions of the guests.

    Angelo Cirimele

    © Pari Dukovic

  • December 5th, 2016
    INSIDE GABRIELLE CHANEL'S SUITE

    INSIDE GABRIELLE CHANEL'S SUITE

    Coromandel screens
    "Mademoiselle Chanel, who has been living at the Ritz for some months, is at home with a simple screen and a few blooms". Vogue Paris

    Furnishings
    She furnishes the rooms with items brought from her own home at 29, rue Faubourg Saint-Honoré, including tables designed by Goossens, sofas, gilded mirrors and crystal lamps.

    Drawings
    Drawings by Jean Cocteau and Christian Bérard evoke the creative spirits in Chanel's circle at that time, offering an allegory of her life as a designer.

    Vermeil boxes
    "On the dressing table were the vermeil boxes given to her by the Duke of Westminster, brushes, and the chamois cloth with her jewelry for the day."
    Extract from "Chanel Intime", Isabelle Fiemeyer, Editions Flammarion

    © François Kollar – French Culture Ministry – Heritage library

  • December 5th, 2016
    "THE RITZ HOTEL IS MY HOME"

    "THE RITZ HOTEL IS MY HOME"

    In 1937, François Kollar realized a photoshoot of Gabrielle Chanel in her suite at the Ritz Paris. Published for the first time in 1937, the picture was chosen to illustrate the only Chanel n° 5 perfume advertisement, that was embodied by the designer herself.

    Quote by Gabrielle Chanel

    © François Kollar – French Culture Ministry – Heritage library

  • December 2nd, 2016
    CHANEL IN PARIS

    CHANEL IN PARIS

    29, rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré
    The townhouse where Gabrielle Chanel lived for a while before taking up permanent residence at the Ritz Paris. This was where she showed her first diamond High Jewelry collection, Bijoux de diamants, at an exhibition in 1932.

    25, rue Royale

    The Chanel boutique is in the passage between rue Royale and rue Boissy d'Anglas.

    31, rue Cambon
    The Haute Couture ateliers, Gabrielle Chanel's apartment, and the design studio.

    21, rue Cambon

    The very first Chanel boutique opened here in 1910, orginally selling nothing but hats.

    18, place Vendôme

    The High Jewelry boutique opened in 1997.

    15, place Vendôme

    The Ritz Paris Hotel, founded by César Ritz in 1898, was home to Gabrielle Chanel from 1935 to 1971.

  • September 22nd, 2016
    CHANEL IN VENISE

    CHANEL IN VENISE

    "Clearly, Chanel had a sense for the visual impact of white, enjoying the contrast it provided with the bronzed skin that she had made so fashionable since her earlier holidays on the Riviera. "A very white earring on the lobe of a well-tanned ear delights me" she remarked to Paul Morand, and then described to him how she had watched a group of American girls swimming in the sea at the Venice Lido. "How much more beautiful these young women would be … if they had dipped their pearls into the waves, into the sea from which they first came ; and how brightly their jewellery would glitter if worn on a skin bronzed by the sun…"

    Excerpt from "Chanel Her Life" by Justine Picardie, Steidl, 2011.

    © V.H. Grandpierre / Vogue Paris

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