Lately I’ve become an exhibition-addict. If I see one I like, I HAVE TO GO. And from seeing shots from the coolest-looking exhibitions over on Instagram, I turn up to an exhibition, raring to go…. and I find myself rather disappointed. Even worse, if you have to pay for an hour cramped into 2 tiny rooms just to see a few pictures. No thanks! However, the Mademoiselle Privé exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery really blew me over, I might even go back for round 2!I would recommend turing up in the early hours (around 11) if you don’t want to queue too long, and also there’s no need to book as everything is free! Even the workshops are free, which I’m very eager to try out… look at their website or download their *app for more information.
*definitely download the app ‘Mademoiselle Privé’ because this cleverly knows where you are in the gallery and… I won’t spoil it for you, it was a surprise for me!
The whole of Saatchi is completely dominated by this exhibition, all 3 floors covered with Chanel… my idea of heaven!
You are first shown a set up of ‘One Day In Coco’s Life’. A room lined with mirrored walls and a grand staircase winding up towards the ceiling (great photo opportunity if you ask me).
Oh, how lucky was Coco!
There’s also a room dedicated to Chanel’s signature scent, No5. Huge bubbling cauldrons dot around the room, each one containing a vital ingredient that makes the perfume what it is. Decadent, sweet and classy.
You’re even lucky enough to see a collection of Chanel’s handpicked gowns, vintage and current ones.
Oh to be a Chanel girl…
This next room was the highlight of the whole extravaganza. You are ushered into a dark room where a 5 minute clip is projected onto the wall. Coco plays a humorous yet hard-headed business woman who’s not afraid to say what she thinks, and Karl is played by no other than himself. She criticises Karl on the way he has modernised the Chanel label and accuses him of “stealing words that come out my mouth!” It’s brilliant.
I’ve just taken a few snap shots of only part of what the exhibition shows you, there’s so much more waiting to be done (by you!)
But before I bring this post to an end…
What I Wore:
Whilst we were queuing, there were two wise ladies behind me chatting about how they think it’s a wonderful place to see what people from all ages and genders choose to wear to an event like this, and I choose to dress up! It’s respectful, y’know, to Coco… or I just think of any excuse to get dressed up!
Jemima Plume Xx