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Monday, August 31, 2015

CHANEL FROM A TO Z : CAMBON

Rue Cambon is where it all began. Mademoiselle Chanel settled there in 1910 with the opening of her first shop at number 21, selling hats under the name “Chanel Modes”.

In 1918, she opened her Haute Couture House at number 31. Its layout under Gabrielle Chanel’s direction has remained unchanged, with its mirrored staircase leading to the apartment, followed by the Design Studio, where even today the House’s collections are brought to life under Karl Lagerfeld.

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Tuesday, December 22, 2009

COCO CHANEL’S APARTMENT
THE 18TH CENTURY ARMCHAIR

It is in this antique armchair, made of sculpted walnut and covered with white satin, that Gabrielle Chanel was photographed by Horst in 1937. The photographer later confided that Mademoiselle Chanel was very pensive during this sitting, and attributed this mood to a love affair. But after the shoot, nobody knew what happened to the armchair. Karl Lagerfeld found it in an auction in Monte-Carlo in the 1980s, recognising it as precisely the one from Horst's photo. This is how the armchair returned to Gabrielle Chanel's apartment.

Made by Chevigny, the great 18th century furniture maker, this particular armchair displays unusual proportions that are explained by its origin as a "half-bathtub", whose wooden panelling (intended as a water basin) was cut and transformed into an armchair covered with white satin. The bronze legs indicate the original presence of wheels, which would have allowed the bathtub to be moved from one room to another.

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Monday, May 11, 2009

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UNDER THE SIGN OF LEO

Born a Leo on the 19th of August, 1883, Gabrielle Chanel surrounded herself with models of lions in wood, silver, bronze or alabaster for her apartment at 31 rue Cambon. The lion became a timeless biographical seal on numerous of her creations. “August 19th is my birthday. I was born under the sign of Leo. I am a Leo and, like a lion, I use my claws to prevent people from doing me harm, but, believe me, I suffer more from scratching than from being scratched.” The lion is also the symbol of the city of Venice, most notably the lion at Saint Mark's Square, the protective emblem of Doge's Palace. Coco Chanel fell in love with the city when she went for the first time, a voyage made in attempt to ease the pain of the sudden death of her lover, Boy Capel, in December 1919. Karl Lagerfeld has decided to go back to Venice to present the Cruise 2009/10 collection.

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Thursday, July 30, 2009

COCO CHANEL'S APARTMENT
THE FROG AND ITS PENDANT

A gift to Gabrielle Chanel from Jacques Chazot, a famous dancer from the Opéra-Comique and well-known member of glittering Paris society, this frog with its open mouth, a symbol of good luck in Asia, was initially part of the decorations of a fountain before the designer decided to plate it in gold. She even let her guests believe that it was made from solid gold. One day, as Parisian designer Hubert de Givenchy was having tea with Gabrielle Chanel in her apartment at 31 rue Cambon, he found a pendant that had fallen from the chandelier in the living room, and placed it delicately in the frog’s mouth. Mademoiselle Chanel decided to keep the frog with its crystal pendant.

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