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'Fifty Shades of Grey' director photographs Coco Chanel's stylish home

Sam Taylor-Johnson explores Coco Chanel's private Rue Cambon apartment for an exhibition

By Andrea Tim | Published: 23 Jul 2014

Inside Chanel's home
Photo: Chanel

Fashion legend Coco Chanel's home has been preserved as it was when she was alive, but has never been made open to the public. However the beauty of her 31 Rue Cambon apartment will be made known to the world when 50 Shades of Grey director Sam Taylor-Johnson's pictures exhibit in London this September. 

Sam photographed Mademoiselle Chanel's luxurious suite above the Chanel atelier and described the living quarters as "beautifully stylish."

"Shooting at Coco Chanel's apartment was an unexpectedly absorbing experience," she said. "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."

Second Floor, which is to run from 12 to 22 September at the Saatchi Gallery, will be accompanied by a book. It's not actually walking up her mirrored stairwell or perusing artefacts collected by the icon herself with your own hands, but it's the closest encounter you'd have to the life of Coco Chanel. 


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