LA CAGE AUX FOLLES
Modelled closely after a small ornament that still sits on Gabrielle Chanel’s desk in the apartment where she once lived – 31 rue Cambon, Paris – this gilded handbag is a treasure that well- exemplifies artistic director Virginie Viard’s 2019/20 Métiers d’art collection. Last year, discussing ideas with friend of the House, film director, Sofia Coppola, the concept of décor excited them both. “This is a return to the codes and the very first Métiers d’art show in 2002, which actually took place in the salons at 31 rue Cambon – that show was very dear to me,” said Virginie. “The models smoked cigarettes while listening to Lou Reed. It was more of an attitude than a theme.” While the antique desk ornament displays the birds inside the cage, here, they are perched at the door, free to come and go as they please.
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