Karl Lagerfeld presented an intimate journey through the house’s history yesterday at the Saatchi Gallery in London. The ‘Mademoiselle Privé’ exhibition focused on the evolution of the mega-brand with an intimate showcase of haute couture pieces and re-editions of the high jewellery ‘Bijoux de Diamants’ 1932 collection in addition to the iconic fragrance Chanel N°5 .
By Dmitri Ruwan
Mademoiselle Privé was curated to take visitors on an inspiring journey through the maison’s rich history and into the minds of the house’s founder, Gabrielle Chanel and Chanel’s current creative director, Monsieur Karl Lagerfeld. From the garden that leads to a space lined in Coromandel screens, reminiscent of Chanel’s apartments, to a portrait gallery of seventeen actresses, models and friends of the house, along with a look into the science behind the creation of Chanel N°5. None of these however better encapsulated the spirit of Mademoiselle Privé than the combination of high-jewellery pieces on dislay from the 1930’s, paired with Lagerfeld’s contemporary haute couture offerings, symbolising the synchronised methodology of two great designers that never met, but continued to work in tandem and perfect their vision.