Every race and tribe in this world is unique due to the distinctive culture. Furthermore, no two cultures are alike and hand gestures would be the easiest example as the interpretation may differ from one culture to another.
So unique that it subsequently being embraced, adapted and assimilated as part of the existing cultures.
Fashion, being a cultural tool in its own right, is a sphere that is imbued with many icons, revered for their ability to nurture their influence into sub-culture. One of them is the revered fashion ingénue of the 20th century, the late Mademoiselle Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel.
Just like her birth star Leo, she courageously – not to mention single-handedly – went against the odds by dressing in self-designed and tailored pieces that were inspired by menswear.
She married her outstanding ideas of fashion, mainly inspired by the wardrobes of her many lovers such as Boy Capel and Duke of Westminster with materials that once were limited to only menswear, such as the Scottish tweed that has since become synonymous with her eponymous fashion house.
The gamble paid off handsomely and a new cultural revolution was born; women wearing suits and pants officially became an accepted norm.
Oftentimes, these places serve as the locales to the exquisite stories of her fabulous life – a fundamental element to the colourful and luxurious universe of Chanel. In the later years, a few of her legendary fragrances, especially from the Les Exclusif collection, are named after these places.
In this apartment, where she would conceive her designs or entertain a bevy of dignitaries and luminaries including the late Hollywood silver screen siren Elizabeth Taylor, the multitude of crystals, animal figurines, Coromandel panels and furnishing provide inspiration to many of her product designs, notably the bottle of her best-selling fragrance Chanel No.5.
Recently, the city of Seoul played host to the latest installation of Culture Chanel – The Sense of Places. Held at the Dongdaemun Design Plaza, the exhibition approaches Chanel’s creative language through locations that greatly inspired the works of the fashion visionary.
There are also a series of old photographs of Chanel taken at different phases of her life. In a way, the entire exhibition represents a unique retrospective of Chanel’s life through diverse artistic medium.
Within the futuristic expanse of the museum, which was designed by renowned architect Zaha Hadid, present at the opening event were Kook Hyun CHUNG, Director general of DDP, Jean-Louis Froment, Curator of the Culture Chanel exhibition, Claus Oldager, Chanel President of Asia Pacific and Robert Stavrides, President of Chanel Korea.
Amidst lush refreshments and gaiety, guests mingled with the likes of Chanel’s ambassadress Anna Mouglalis, friend of the house Caroline de Maigret, Japanese actress Kiko Mizuhara, Korean-American model Soo Joo, Korean artistes Hyungkoo Kang, Jeong Hwa Choi, Bohnchang Koo, Korean actor Woo-sung Jung, Korean actresses Ryeo-won Jung, Hee-ae Kim, A Sung Ko, Yeon-hee Lee, Yo-won Lee, Korean K-pop singers CL, Siwon Choi and G-Dragon.