On Sunday (1/11/2015) I visited the Madamoiselle Privè Exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery London. Along with my closet friend Amanda. As Chanel lovers and Kings Road regulars this was exhibition was a must. Especially as it was the last day of showing.
The Exhibition explores the creativity of Gabrielle Chanel (we know her as Coco) and Creative Director Karl Lagerfield. It was amazing interactive experience filled with different experiences and visual highlights. There was a complementary App to download that made the exhibition so much more engaging. The first room we entered was dressed as Coco Chanel's apartment on Rue Cambon. Featuring floor to ceiling mirrors and that famous staircase (Where Coco would sit and watch her designs being modelled). When viewed through the app we were transported to what it would look like in the 1920s. Throughout the exhibition various quotes, facts on Chanel and 3D pop ups would appear on the App which was really impressive.
It was so interesting to learn about the creativity behind the scenes, Gabrielle Chanel is such an iconic designer and it was lovely to discover a little bit more about the lady herself. It was like being let in on some of her secrets and learn some more history surrounding the brand. One room was simply a door with 'Madamosele Privè' above it (the sign she hung over her door as she was working) Once we held the app up, the door swung open and Coco was sat on the table going through some designs.
The exhibition displayed on three floors, had so many insightful rooms. The Perfume Room was my favourite. A large white room, filled with huge perfume pods. Each pod opened in turn with a puff of smoke to reveal a bubbling coloured water and Chanel No 5 scent. Writing on the wall revealed how perfumer Ernest Beaux first created the scent in 1921.
The floor to ceiling fabric-lined sensory room allowed us to wander through Chanel couture fabrics. A white section and then black. We were able to touch delicate silks and famous bouclé tweeds, (which we wanted to snip a little jacket sized sample from) while artisans pin and sew on shadow-paper screens. It was like walking through a fabric tunnel that finally lead us to a huge Chanel bucket filled with Chanel chains. (which again a little handbag - strap - sized - sample would have been wonderful!).
Upstairs homed couture mannequins dressed in beautiful Karl Lagerfield creations whilst the walls adorned black and white photos of Karl's Muses including Keira Knightley, Vanessa Paradise, Rita Ora, Julianne Moore, Lara Stone and Kirsten Stewart. Another highlight was a huge caged, revolving diamond necklace that was just stunning (sadly my photos didn't come out) which was from the Bijoux de Diamants High Jewellery collection.
The final room holds a neat French garden which was really eye catching. Its fresh-scented real box hedges and double C pathways was cleverly designed and made a lovely room to sit and reflect (and take photos) whilst resting our feet from our heels.
As we were leaving through the beautiful gardens the sun was going down making the Saatchi gallery grounds look stunning. We received a free tote bag with Madamoiselle Privè poster. Which was a lovely little departing gift. We left around 5pm and the que was still miles long. But absolutely worth the wait.
We left two very happy (yet starving) girlies and headed off to the Ivy Chelsea Garden for some dinner and much deserved wine. Perfect end to the perfect day.
Have you been to see Madamoiselle Privè? Which was your favourite part?
Love L xxx