Consuming the entire three floors of the Saatchi Gallery in Chelsea, London, Chanel’s Mademoiselle Privé exhibition showcased the history of Gabrielle Chanel, and ways in which her renowned fashion house has been re-invented through an ‘enchanted journey’ under Karl Lagerfeld. The combination of heritage and modernity radiated throughout the exhibition, allowing visitors an insight into Lagerfeld’s creational changes which have modernised the house for the trends of today.
What I found with Mademoiselle Privé was that it appealed to all of the senses through the numerous aspects of the brand, from haute couture to fragrance to accessories. The sensory room room in particular allowed visitors to touch the vast variety of fabrics used to create the brands couture clothing, from delicate silks to the renowned tweed materials used for Chanel’s signature staple suits. This sensory room lacked light, allowing visitors to experience the materials for their texture rather than visibility. Appealing to sight and smell was the futuristic factory room showcasing the ways in which the signature Chanel No. 5 perfume is created, both through large vats which continually opened and closed to reveal coloured scents used in the perfume, as well as a complimentary free workshop available for all visitors to experience. Another appeal via scent was the French garden, a stunning room filled with fresh green hedges carved in a pattern which was representative of the designers ‘C’ based logo.
What Mademoiselle Privé lacked was traditional pieces of Chanel couture clothing so that visitors were able to discover how Lagerfeld has maintained the origins of the house in his modernised collections. However, there was a great insight into Chanel’s lifestyle through the places which influenced her as a designer. Even before entering the exhibition, visitors were guided through a garden leading to the exhibitions entrance, which was designed by Harry and David Rich to reflect the designers different moods in relation to her creations. Visitors were introduced to the exhibition by literally stepping into a replica of Chanel’s renowned Rue Cambon apartment, the famous mirrored grand staircase being the main attraction for all to see. It’s grandeur caused one to naturally visualise Chanel’s models walking down the staircase in the house’s early couture shows to present items of clothing which would go on to define one of the most influential fashion houses in society. This room was one of my personal favourites as it truly encompassed the traditional house of Chanel.
However, as a great admirer of Chanel’s haute couture, a favourite of mine in the exhibition was this very room. I was astounded by the presentation of the clothing; the spirit of Chanel pervaded the room as bright, beaming poles of light served to hold mannequins in a way which captured a ghost like tone to each piece, perhaps hinting at Gabrielle’s presence even in modern collections of today under the direction of Lagerfeld. Though at the same time, the presentation of the haute couture items allowed visitors to discover the embroidery detail involved in each piece of clothing, this detail in itself the main purpose of haute couture, as it is the maintenance of ‘a tradition and attention to every detail that defines this exceptional quality and perfection’.
Mademoiselle Privé was an insightful exhibition for any visitor, as its presentation was unexpected yet creative in showcasing the history of Gabrielle Chanel and multiple sensory appealing aspects of her brand. Entering and leaving the exhibition through the Chanel inspired gardens left visitors feeling encompassed in Gabrielle’s world, thus a great way of illustrating her continual presence in Lagerfeld’s adaptation of Chanel today.
Faye .x
(self-made video showcasing the exhibition)
(outside the Mademoiselle Privé opening party: Lily Collins, Cara Delevingne & Annie Clark)

(selection of exhibition photos)
  1. Christine Buzan November 18, 2015

    Oh lord ALMIGHTY! This exhibition looks fantastic. Leave it to London.. you guys get all of the good fashion ones!

    I'd definitely say that "enchanted journey" would be an accurate phrase depicting Largfeld's reign at the house. While Coco defined pragmatism within the luxury sphere, Lagerfeld (especially the past few years) has explored new ways of looking at clothing as both functional pieces, and vessels for expression.

    Great post! Would love to see it in person!

  2. Qing Pineda November 18, 2015

    Wow! Stunning exhibition! Thanks for commenting on Qing's Style. Please always keep in touch! I am also inviting you to join my giveaway here.

  3. Faye Fearon November 18, 2015

    I completely agree Christine, Lagerfeld has most definitely explored new, modern ways of clothing, yet still maintains some tradition from Chanel!

    Thank you so much for visiting & for your lovely comment! .x

  4. Tara Schinske November 18, 2015

    Love your outfit and the photos are gorgeous!

    kisses from Ibiza

  5. Irene Thayer November 18, 2015

    Amazing post! You have a wonderful blog:)
    What about following each other on Instagram, Bloglovin, Twitter?..

  6. Faye Fearon November 18, 2015

    Thanks so much Tara! .x

  7. Faye Fearon November 18, 2015

    Aww thank you Qing! .x

  8. Faye Fearon November 18, 2015

    Thank you so much Irene! Sounds lovely .x

  9. bagsandheels November 19, 2015

    Lovely look

  10. bagsandheels November 19, 2015

    Lovely look

  11. Color Me Kiki November 19, 2015

    I love your photos, this looks like such a cool spot to visit! Great post!
    xo Kiki

  12. Helena Primeira November 20, 2015

    It must have been fun event. I liked the look 🙂

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  13. Hilary Young November 20, 2015

    You look stunning! thanks for sharing this is super fun to read:) Do you want to support each other’s blog by following each other?:) Please let me know if you’s like to so I can follow you right back x


  14. Faye Fearon November 20, 2015

    Thank you lovely! .xx

  15. Faye Fearon November 20, 2015

    Thank you very much Kiki! .xx

  16. Faye Fearon November 20, 2015

    It was great Helena! Thanks so much for visiting .x

  17. Faye Fearon November 20, 2015

    You're welcome Hilary, thank you so much for reading! & yes of course! .xx

  18. Jessica Edmunds November 21, 2015

    Looks amazing and makes me want to be motivated about getting out to events and exhibitions xx

  19. Faye Fearon November 22, 2015

    It was amazing Jessica! Thanks so much for visiting! .xx

  20. Anita Moreno November 23, 2015

    Great post!

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  21. Chiara Marandellas November 23, 2015

    Gorgeous pics! <3


  22. Danielle November 23, 2015

    it looks like a lovely event, cara and lily are two of my faves!

    danielle | avec danielle

  23. Faye Fearon November 25, 2015

    Thank you Anita! .x

  24. Faye Fearon November 25, 2015

    Thanks Chiara! .x

  25. Faye Fearon November 25, 2015

    It was amazing Danielle! Thanks so much for visiting .x


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