Mademoiselle Coco Chanel
Chanel is probably one of my favourite fashion brands (although I’m way too broke to afford like anything), so when I found out that there was an exhibition going on in Seoul, I knew I had to go check it out. Because I had already been to the Louis Vuitton exhibition (check out my post on that too) and loved it, I felt like I would enjoy the Chanel one as well.
This exhibition was called Mademoiselle Prive, and it pretty much features the different creations and the evolution of Chanel from the very beginning, when they just started off by making and selling hats.
D Museum – Seoul, Yongsan-gu, Hannam-dong, Dokseodang-ro 29-gil, 5-6
June 23, 2017 – July 19, 2017 (ending soon, so make sure to check it out!)
** make sure to make a reservation for the exhibition at http://mademoiselleprive.chanel.com/en/ and download the app, so you won’t have to wait in line for entry ***
The perfume section was really nice because they showed you the different chemicals and you could smell the perfumes as well. Each section also had explanations of the creations and the history, so it was a good learning experience as well. Right after the perfume section, there’s this fabric section that lets you touch the different types of materials used in making the Chanel products and I personally really liked the interactive part of this exhibition.
My favourite section of the entire exhibition was the clothing and moving images section. They had these huge images from different photo shoots and they would move up and down so you could pass through underneath to the next section. These images divided the 2 clothing sections and I found this a very effective use of space instead of just having a wall or something.
This exhibition featured a lot of jewelry, which was quite different from the Louis Vuitton exhibition. The way they displayed the jewelry made everything look extra bright because of the dark background and the individual lighting.
The final 2 sections of the exhibition was a series of short films and a photo display. They are showing 7 different short films and the running time is about 90 minutes in total, so I just watched 2 of them because these films are also on Youtube. The photo display section is new to Mademoiselle Prive, and it features celebrity photos taken in a old fashioned black and white style. As some of you may already, I love the kpop group “Big Bang” and one of their members, G-Dragon, is a model or something for Chanel, so his picture was on display too and I was completely fangirling and taking pictures with his picture and it was just great 🙂
*** They’re giving out free eco-bags with the Mademoiselle Prive logo at the end of the exhibition, so make sure to pick one up ***
The exhibition was pretty short, so it only took us a little over one hour to see everything, so we decided to head over to Kyungridan-gil (경리단길) to get food and shop because it is another rising popular place in Seoul. We had a late lunch at Sikdang & Masilgot (먹을집 식당), which is a Korean restaurant that serves traditional Korean food with many side dishes. We were super full after but there were so many dessert cafes around, we decided to go to Lilikoi for dessert. Lilikoi is famous for its grapefruit sorbet sundae and it looks great and tastes great except it’s a bit expensive (15,000 Won / about $15). Before heading over to Itaewon (이태원), another popular place for food and shopping, which is close to Kyungridan-gil (경리단길), we got one more dessert at Dessert 39. They have really nice cakes but we decided to try the sweet potato roll cake and I recommend it to everyone, even if you haven’t tried sweet potato before.
We walked to Itaewon and it was like a 10 minute walk, so it wasn’t that bad even in the heat. There are a lot of stores like Nike and Adidas, but I would try and go into the smaller alleys, where a lot of smaller shops, restaurants and cafes are located. I usually end up spending more time and money in these smaller stores because they have unique stuff. After walking about for a bit, we got hungry (again) and decided to eat (again) at Kim Choon Bae’s Salmon House (김춘배 연어집). Their most popular dish is the Kim Choon Bae Special (김춘배 추천한판), which allows you to try 6 different types of salmon and seafood. It comes in a portion for 2 people and the price is 44,000 Won (about $44).
It was a great day and the exhibition was great and so was the food, so I hope y’all check out Mademoiselle Prive, Kyungridan-gil (경리단길), and Itaewon (이태원)!