The famous London art gallery “Saatchi” in Chelsea is organising a very interesting retrospective called « Mademoiselle Privé », on the life and achievements of Gabrielle CHANEL. The exhibition also highlights some very interesting facts about her personal lifestyle and draws us into the world of this charismatic fashion personality. It also introduces us to how Karl Lagerfeld has brought Gabrielle CHANEL’s work to new heights.
At the heart of this retrospective, you will find a selection of couture pieces, some very symbolic, that show the superstitious side of Gabrielle Chanel, where various items like pearls, wheat, black and white colours , camellias, star constellations all represent intimate lucky charms to bring success. A lot of very successful people have these habits and CHANEL was no exception.
The exhibition follows the birth and journey of the most fashionable perfume in the world : Chanel No. 5 as well as the possibility to admire the”Diamond Jewellery” collection created in 1932 for mademoiselle Chanel and recently reinterpreted by Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel Haute Couture fall-Winter 2015-2016 fashion show.
There are also portraits of celebrities that Karl Lagerfeld photographed just for this exhibition. The photo shoot includes Kristen Stewart, Lily-Rose Depp, Vanessa Paradis, Keira Knightley, Stella Tennant and Julianne Moore…
The Innovation Chanel – The workshops
Throughout the duration of the Mademoiselle Privé exhibition, CHANEL invites visitors to learn more about craftsmanship that is required to produce haute couture pieces. Historical names such as Lesage and Lemarié shows us the art of embroidery, the art of transforming delicate feathers into flowers that we see on haute couture dresses. There is also a workshop on the Chanel No 5 perfume.
Lesage, the Embroiderer workshop
Lesage has been creating opulent embroidery requiring countless hours of work and exceptional skills for Haute Couture, Ready-to-Wear and accessories since its creation in 1924. The company founded an embroidery school in 1992 that welcomes those who are passionate about embroidery from all over the world.
Flowers with Lemarié workshop
Founded in 1880, specialised in feather and flower creations for luxury fashion houses, Lemarié produces handmade flowers, such as CHANEL’s iconic camellias. Lemarié’s expertise also encompasses dressmaking in its truly unique workshop where smocking, pleats and ruffles are elaborately handcrafted at the request of the most prestigious houses in fashion.
CHANEL N°5 workshop
Discover the story, the key ingredients and the complexity of this iconic perfume. This workshop highlights the importance of the sense of smell and gives some greats examples on how to distinguish certain scents : The sense of smell and emotions, The story of chanel N°5, The art of wearing fragrance, N°5 composition.
A fun and creative workshop associating colours, smells and images, to awaken creativity in children
This workshop helps to awaken the fifth sense, with a guessing game and an explanation of the link between the sense of smell and the brain, discovering the six key elements contained in CHANEL N°5 through a game of smells.
The workshops take place four times a day at 10.00am, 12.00pm, 2.30pm and 4.30pm. There will be an extra session every Wednesday at 6.30pm.
Bookings can be made up to one week in advance and two complimentary tickets will be available per booking. The workshops take place four times a day at 10.00am, 12.00pm, 2.30pm and 4.30pm. There will be an extra session every Wednesday at 6.30pm. Bookings can be made up to one week in advance and two complimentary tickets will be available per booking.
Chanel Saatchi Gallery – London -From 13th October – 1st November 2015
* ADMISSION FREE