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Sam Taylor-Johnson To Provide Inside Look Into Coco Chanel's Rue Cambon Apartment

Jul 22, 2014 08:10 PM EDT
Sam Taylor-Johnson’s Photo Exhibit Second Floor
(Photo : Harper's Bazaar India/ Twitter)

Sam Taylor-Johnson is an artist, photographer and filmmaker and recently has worked to make the private apartment of Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel available for all to view via her upcoming exhibit and book, "Second Floor."

The 45 pictures that make up the exhibit were taken at Chanel's iconic 31 Rue Cambon apartment in Paris where only special guests are sometimes invited and the general public is not allowed.

"Shooting at Coco Chanel's apartment was an unexpectedly absorbing experience," stated Taylor-Johnson to the Telegraph.

"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."

As the Telegraph reported, Chanel's historic apartment is still in the state as it was when she was alive, which Taylor-Johnson alluded to.

"The apartment is beautifully stylish. It feels like she had meticulously chosen every object."

With many possessions that Chanel herself certainly enjoyed during her time at 31 Rue Cambon, Taylor-Johnson's photographic exhibit and accompanying book will be a glimpse into the life of the iconic individual.

Taylor-Johnson's own recap of her experience via her namesake website, which is captured in the exhibit at London's Saatchi Gallery in September and also in an accompanying book due out later this year, best summarizes what to look forward to.

"When Sam Taylor-Johnson climbed the famous mirrored staircase of Chanel's headquarters at 31 Rue Cambon, Paris, she did not quite know what to expect. Her destination was Coco Chanel's private apartment on the second floor; her mission, to photograph it."

"Through the door marked 'MADEMOISELLE PRIVé', Taylor-Johnson entered Coco Chanel's secret world--exactly as she had left it at her death in 1971."

"Taylor-Johnson captures the mysterious, eerie presence of Coco's ornaments and furniture: a golden lion, a bejewelled birdcage, leather-bound books, Chinese lacquer screens, crystal chandeliers."

"Ultimately we are left with a sense of beautiful emptiness--Coco's touch is everywhere, but everywhere is haunted by her absence."

We are quite excited for this exhibit and to get an inside look into Coco's famous apartment.

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