Whether you own several vintage Chanel bags, only wear Chanel No. 5 (which is still a best-seller since its debut in 1921) on special occasions, or are mildly interested in fashion, we’re positive you’re a fan of Coco Chanel. The French fashion designer’s influence in fashion is immeasurable and has remained so since her death in 1971.
To commemorate her success—particularly in the fragrance realm—curator Jean-Louis Froment created No. 5 Culture Chanel, a newly opened exhibition at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris through June 5. Thankfully Refinery 29 trekked to Paris and brought back amazing images from not only the exhibition, but Coco Chanel’s high-end apartment. Paris just got 100% better. Take a look!
The avant-garde museum features rare drawings, collages, paintings, and photographs.
Vintage images of Coco Chanel photographed by Man Ray.
A Man Ray portrait of Coco Chanel from 1935.
An original Coco Chanel No. 5 box from 1921.
Nearby the exhibition is 31 Rue Cambon, Coco Chanel’s home. Although Chanel slept at the Ritz, her home was well decorated. Notice the mirror-adorned staircase, and carpet with white leather trim.
Chanel loved pairs. Two lamps, two chairs, two figurines, two windows…
All sewing is done by the seamstresses on the top floor.
Small figurines in Chanel’s sitting room.
A pair of sunglasses left on her desk exactly where she left them.