Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening – Coco Chanel
The Mademoiselle Privé Exhibition successfully brings Parisian romanticism to the modern city of Hong Kong. Upon entering the exhibition, the audience attention is captured by exhibits beautifully reflecting Gabrielle Chanel’s values and beliefs. The “Dropping Pearls” exhibit by artist Another Maintain Man represents Chanel’s love towards her favorite accessory – pearls. To Chanel, pearls represented femininity and over the years they have become a defining accessory for the brand.
However, while walking through the exhibition one notices the extreme changes that the fashion house has undergone in attempt to keep up with modern technologies and thinking. Haute Couture is exhibited, however, not the traditional long Cinderella dress many may expect. Karl Lagerfald, head creative director for Chanel since 1983 displays his contradictory fashion pieces.
A tweed jacket that was 3-D printed. A two-piece suit largely made out of wood.
These unusual clothing items defiantly come as a surprise to many viewers, but act not only as a fashion statements but also as a reflection of the time we live in. Karl Lagerfeld encourages the audience to understand the impact technology has on our lives through fashion and beauty. Arguably the clothes he creates are not only fashion pieces but also art.
The image of Chanel may have changed over the years, but Karl Lagerfeld is able to keep Chanel’s main value of modernity alive through his innovative creations.
You can visit the exhibition to get a better understanding of the history of this world wide renowned fashion house. The exhibition is free to the public and it is located in Courtyard & Marketplace Qube, 2/F. It remains until the 10th of February and it is a delight for both fashion and art lovers.