Going Coco

Going Coco

‘My life did not please me, so I created my life,’ said Gabrielle Coco Chanel of the opulent and eccentric lifestyle she led at her lavish apartments on the second floor of 31 Rue Gambon in Paris.

Now, for the first time, mere mortals can explore her world in a new photographic exhibition by artist Turner-prize winning Sam Taylor-Johnson at the Saatchi gallery.

The series of 34 photographs capture every detail of Coco’s living quarters, from the mirrored staircase leading up to the hallowed front door to the personal effects so treasured by the designer, such as her mystic crystal balls, gilded lions and opulent chandeliers.

‘Shooting at Coco Chanel's apartment was an unexpectedly absorbing experience,’ says 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 inhabits the second floor.’

Until 4 October, saatchigallery.com/mademoisellechanel

  • Words: Bethan King