The woman who reads: What was in Coco Chanel's library?
We already know the buildings which have inspired Karl Lagerfeld's thirst in architecture and design — now, take a peek into Coco Chanel (or formally known as Gabrielle Chanel)'s library.
The fashion brand's seventh exhibition in their CULTURE CHANEL project will take you through an expansive journey into the visionary's literary loves. Again curated by Jean-Louis Froment (who's also the founder of the CAPC Musée d'Art Contemporain in Bordeaux and the artistic director of the Fondation Prince Pierre de Monaco), visitors will be able to look at the books and authors who've influenced the designer from her humble beginnings in the orphanage of Aubazine. Works by the greats such as Homer, Plato, Virgil, Sophocles, Lucretius, Dante, Montaigne, Cervantes, Madame de Sévigné and Stéphane Mallarmé lined the shelves of her apartment at 31 rue Cambon. Chanel was also a fan of French poets Pierre Reverdy and Max Jacob as well as filmmaker and playwright Jean Cocteau.
Unsurprisingly, the exhibition will be held in Venice, which served as one of the designer's main sources of inspiration. It'll be the most luxurious library yet, with exclusive jewellery pieces and perfumes from Chanel herself on display. Art aficionados will also appreciate some objects chosen from her Paris apartment, totaling to some 350 pieces. Welcome to the new house of Chanel.
CULTURE CHANEL'S 'The woman who reads' will be held at the Ca' Pesaro International Gallery of Modern Art in Venice from 17 September 2016 to 8 January 2017. For more information, click here.