October 13th – November 1st 2016
7 days a week, 10am – 6pm
Opening its doors today Karl Lagerfield and Chanel present an enchanted journey through the House’s creativity. The Saatchi Gallery in London’s Duke of York Square will be holding this Mademoiselle Prive exhibit which will highlight the Haute Couture, the re-editions of the High Jewlerry ‘Bijoux de Diamants’ collection from 1932, as well as Chanel *5.
This is a real emersion into the origins of Chanel’s creations whilst truly capturing the charismatic personalities of Mademoiselle Chanel and Karl Lagerfield.
From the minute you arrive at the gallery, the contemporary English garden that you walk through will start your journey, as you head through autumnal golds, burnt oak and silver granite – all designed to pay homage to Gabrielle Chanel’s life. Divided into 3 sections
Liberty – Evoking her desire for freedom
Boy Capel – The love of her life
Leo – Her astrological star sign and symbol of her strength.
Once you have made it through the garden you will enter the heart of Chanel with the space designed like Gabrielle Chanel’s apartment and this is just the start of the 5 room fashion adventure.
The first room sweeps through all of Gabrielle Chanel’s most iconic places, such as 31 rue Chambon, the Place Vendome in Paris, her first boutique in Deauville and the many trips to England, Scotland and Venice that influenced her eye.
The second room is in celebration of Chanel’s favourite gem – the diamond, truly a girls best friend.
The third room explores the totems which evoke Chanel codes, symbols and icons created by Gabrielle Chanel and continued by Karl Lagerfield.
The fourth room is the immersion room, as you take on a sensory experience of the inimitable craftsmanship of Haute Couture before arriving in the fifth and final room to explore the No 5 Laboratory experiments which brought together the first fragrance to ever wear the name of a fashion designer and which continues to be a huge hit even today.
Continue onto the first floor where Mademoiselle Prive combines the magic and allure of the complete re-editions of the original 1932 Bijoux de Diamants high jewellery collection with the savoir faire of Chanel Haute Couture pieces designed by Karl Lagerfield only for this exhibition.
Gabrielle Chanels only and only High Jewellery collection was first due to be exhibited in London in December 1932 but was stopped by the British Customs regulations, so 83 years later this collection will finally be unveiled at the Saatchi Gallery.
The portrait gallery shows seventeen actresses, models and friends of the house photographed by Karl Lagerfield in Gabrielle Chanel’s apartment, each woman wears Haute Couture and jewels from the Bijoux de Diamants collection.
End this incredible exhibition in the Jardin a la Francaise, the 18th Century garden which is inspired by the interlocking C’s that Mademoioselle first saw in the stained glass windows at Aubazine, the orphanage where she lived as a child. This symbol has now become an icon of the house. The garden combines the mystery of Chanel’s year at the orphanage as well as the knowledge and passion of Karl Lagerfield of the French 19th Century garden.
The third and final floor showcases 16 different outfits created in 2015 by Karl Lagerfield worn by some of the biggest names of today, proving that the house of Chanel suits every type of style and personality – all designed to work for the character of the person wearing the outfit, from beige gold satin pyjamas for Vanessa Paradis to Julianne Moore’s long sleeved green velvet gown. These outfits are each individually truly breathtaking.
This exhibition takes on an exciting adventure of two of Fashions biggest names, bringing to it audacity, freedom and innovation from the history of Gabrielle Chanel’s inspirations or Karl Lagerfield’s inimitable take on Chanel’s codes, symbols and icons.