12 September to 4 October 2014
Sam Taylor Johnson’s new exhibition ‘Second Floor: The Private Apartment of Mademoiselle Chanel’ includes 45 photographs documenting the rooms inhabited by fashion designer Coco Chanel (1883-1971) at 31 Rue Cambon in Paris.
The apartment, situated between Mademoiselle Chanel’s boutique on the ground floor and the workshop on the third where her creations were made, has been preserved as she left it. Decorative touches in the apartment’s décor mirror the signatures of her iconic clothing designs – in colour palettes, patterns and emblems of letters and animals.
The photographs capture details such as the mirrored staircase and the satin couch on which the designer was photographed by Horst in 1937, as well as her treasured trinkets – terracotta camels and deers, earthenware horses and gilded lions.
To accompany the exhibition, a book entitled ‘Second Floor’ (7L : 2014) will be available from Saatchi Gallery.
‘Sam Taylor Johnson: Second Floor’
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Sam Taylor-Johnson 'Staircase' (2014)
© The artist Courtesy Chanel