This visit was for the Chanel exhibit.
The perfume room, with giant vats of scents, opening and closing in conjunction with an orchestrated light show, all intent on hammering home that Chanel was one of the first designers to align fashion with fragrance. Now, of course, it is difficult to find a fashion house without a key scent.
There was another long and beautiful hallway within the exhibition, full of couture fashions and shimmering with the diamond creations designed by Chanel herself in 1932… glistening and draping in feminine shapes- over shoulders, or the finishing touch on a waist wrap- they were mesmerising. And, of course, photographs of our generation’s greatest stars graced the walls, all of the women donning the great designer’s creations (among my faves have to be Julianne Moore and Kiera Knightley).
If I could go to shows like this every week, I’d be content. It’s wonderful to leave somewhere and remain inspired by someone’s creative spirit.
And for anyone who fancies a good read, I recommend Justine Picardie’s book Chanel: The Legend and the Life. It really is amazing how many symbols and lucky numbers are included throughout Chanel’s life and collections.