Vintage photographs like these often bring a smile to my face, as they bring one back to an era when everything was an exercise in romanticism, a time of elegance, of grace and of style. Shot in 1959, the snapshot features Marie-Hélène Arnaud, who was then Chanel’s house model. Dressed in Chanel from top to bottom, she’s also carrying the quilted 2.55, which brings me to my next point. If you ever had any doubts about spending your last penny on a Classic Flap or a 2.55, this is proof that you shouldn’t.
Beautiful then, and still relevant today 50 years later, I have a piece of news to share. Kicking off on 10 November at Chanel’s duplex boutique in Ngee Ann City will be their exhibition titled Les Secrets Du Sac, which is open to the public. In essence, it celebrates both house icons, the Classic Flap and the 2.55, the latter created by Coco Chanel simply because she wanted to free up her hands.
And although I’m not exactly sure what will be exhibited, I’m sure you’ll pick up trivia like how making just one bag alone requires 180 delicate operations and manual gestures, or that 80% of the time that the bag is being crafted, it is on the work bench being assembled by the artisans. It’s a love affair worth the journey, and it’s an exhibition that no Chanel fan should miss.
I would know, I succumbed to the mystique myself while in Paris and picked up my very own Classic Flap, but that’s a post for another day.