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If you’ve always dreamed of touring Coco Chanel’s apartment on 31 rue Cambon, you’re in luck. Director Sam Taylor-Johnson, who just wrapped Fifty Shades of Grey, recently took up residence inside the designer’s home to shoot Second Floor, a set of 45 images that will debut at London’s Saatchi Gallery in September. According to The Telegraph, the exhibit will be everything we could hope for—and more. “Shooting at Coco Chanel’s apartment was an unexpectedly absorbing experience,” said Taylor-Johnson. “The essence of Chanel is firmly rooted there in all of her possessions, and I truly believe that her spirit and soul still inhabit the second floor.” We get pretty spiritual when we talk about Chanel, too.
Save for a few special guests, the apartment has long been a mystery to the public, so it’s going to be exciting to see Coco’s chandelier with rock-crystal camellias; leather-bound editions of Shakespeare, Voltaire, and Byron; and the white satin armchair in which she sat for a Horst photograph in 1937 (above). “The apartment is beautifully stylish,” said Taylor-Johnson. “It feels like she had meticulously chosen every object.” And in case you were wondering—no. None of those curated objects are whips.
Second Floor will be on view September 12 to 22 at the Saatchi Gallery, London, and will be accompanied by a book.
As if we needed another reason to book a flight to London. WWD reports that the Victoria & Albert Museum is set to host Horst: Photographer of Style, featuring late German photographer Horst P. Horst’s body of work. In addition to 250 photographs, the show, which opens September 6, will include haute couture pieces, magazines, film footage, and more items related to his sixty-year career.
The exhibit also aims to delve into the creative process behind Horst’s most famous images. For example, a short film about his work at Vogue in the 1940s explores his dramatic use of light and color. The whopping ninety covers he shot for Vogue will be on display. In addition to his work at Vogue, Horst’s fashion and art connections were vast: He was friends with Coco Chanel and Elsa Schiaparelli, and collaborated with surrealist artist Salvador Dalí. “Horst…produced some of the most famous and evocative images of the 20th century. This exhibition will shine a light on all aspects of his long and distinguished career,” said Martin Roth, director of the V&A. The exhibition will run through January 4, 2015.
In French, mannequin is used to describe flesh-and-blood models; in English, it means the artificial dummies used to display clothes. Rarely do the two mannequins exist side by side—except in Kim Cattrall eighties hits—but they will in an upcoming exhibition at the Les Docks space of Paris’ Musée Galliera, Mannequin—Le corps de la mode (“Model: The Body of Fashion”). The exhibition traces the development of the model throughout time, much as the Costume Institute’s 2009 show, “The Model as Muse,” did, and includes both physical mannequins (in the English sense) and photographs by Horst P. Horst, Juergen Teller, Corinne Day, and Nick Knight—and some line-straddlers, like the photo by Guy Bourdin above. She’s alive!