Fifty Shades Of Grey director Sam Taylor-Johnson has photographed in interior of Coco Chanel's Paris apartment. Click here to see the first image...
Directing the new Fifty Shades of Grey film, photographing Coco Chanel’s Parisian pad, exhibiting at London’s Saatchi Gallery; what other accomplishments can Sam Taylor-Johnson fit into 2014?
Almost immediately after wrapping up the film adaptation of E.L. James’ erotic novel, Fifty Shades of Grey, Taylor-Johnson shipped off to Paris to embark on her latest endeavour: capturing Coco Chanel’s incredibly stylish private Parisian apartment in a series of 45 photographs, to be shown in an exhibition entitled ‘Second Floor’ at the Saatchi Gallery this September. This series will provide the first-ever glimpse into Chanel’s perfectly preserved apartment.
The Turner prize-nominated artist, director and photographer said of the project:
‘Shooting at Coco Chanel’s apartment was an unexpectedly absorbing experience. The essence of Chanel is firmly rooted there in all of her possessions, and I truly believe that her spirit and soul still inhabit the second floor.’
Every aspect of Mademoiselle Chanel’s atmosphere had been considered, from the gilt Venetian mirrors, to the Coromandel lacquered screens, to the white satin-covered bergère chair, on which she posed for a portrait by Horst P. Horst in 1937.
‘The apartment is beautifully stylish. It feels like she had meticulously chosen every object,’ said the photographer.
The walls are lined with leather-bound books and Chanel’s collection of treasured objects is scattered throughout the apartment, including crystal balls and a pair of gilded lions.
A book entitled Second Floor will be released to accompany the exhibition, which will run from 12-22 September 2014 at the Saatchi Gallery.