So I went back with my carte d'identite/passport to find out what the Chanel exhibit was really about as requested.
I discovered more exhibits upstairs I'd missed first go round..
And more historical information from the audio tape which includes photos too. More about Chanel's romantic entanglements/liaisons...
Plus a reminder that Chanel was firstly set up as a hatmaker.
Even her hats were revolutionary. Utterly simple compared to what went before. Apollinaire wrote poems about her hats.
Chanel's hats were the cherry on top...
The finishing touch. We've lost so much elegance haven't we...
Catherine di Medici was a heroine to Chanel. She owned this little portrait and followed closely the severity of di Medici's black and white style.
You always see more the second time around don't you?
What was it like to walk in her shoes..?
Or work in her atelier?
Upstairs there's a gazillion reference books to browse on big comfy sofas. And a room to watch all the Chanel N5 videos - a delight.
If you work at the exhibit you get to wear Vans black and white sneakers which are very in again... What would Chanel think?