Mademoiselle Privé: A Very Modern Retrospective

Mademoiselle PriveOn Monday, a friend and I visited ‘Mademoiselle Privé’ at London’s Saatchi Gallery. This much talked about exhibition, which celebrates the history of the Chanel brand and Coco Chanel’s legacy, is a very modern and interactive ‘retrospective’, with sights, sounds and even smells to enjoy!

It’s staged over a series of rooms, each one focusing on one of the signature elements of the brand, and to my surprise we were permitted to take photographs. So needless to say, we both took advantage of this rare opportunity and I thought I’d share some of my snaps with you here…

A recreation of Gabrielle ‘Coco’ Chanel’s first shop…

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A rotating metal cage housing a giant replica of Chanel’s diamond starburst necklace…

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Stills from a short film depicting a client fitting…

A huge monogrammed pail filled with Chanel’s classic woven metal chains…

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Taken in the very fragrant Chanel No 5 room, of course!

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Le Jardin Français – another olfactory experience.  Apparently, it was Coco’s visit to a maze that’s thought to have inspired the interlocking ‘C ‘design of the Chanel logo…

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Lily-Rose Depp photographed by Karl Lagerfeld wearing a diamond starburst headband…

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More pictures from The Diamond room.  The clothes on display are just as exquisite as the jewels…

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Taken in the Haute Couture room.  The clever use of the light poles really enhances the details of these beautifully delicate creations….

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The exhibition is free and runs until 1st November. I would definitely recommend experiencing it for yourself if you are able to visit. What better way to spend a Monday morning!

Read more about Mademoiselle Privé here



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