In addition to original clothing designs, The Chanel Legend includes accessories and a superb selection of Chanel costume jewellery borrowed from private collections: sparkling, colourful and as chic as it comes. An original 1921 bottle of Chanel No. 5 is touchingly simple. Years later, it was this most popular perfume in the world that prompted the famous Marilyn Monroe quip: 'What do I wear in bed? Why, Chanel No. 5, of course.'
In addition to the many original designs on show, The Chanel Legend includes copies produced by companies like Hague fashion house C.H. Kühne & Zn and a line-up of ‘little black dresses’ by C & A Brenninkmeyer, Max Heymans, Yves Saint Laurent, Issey Miyake, Hussein Chalayan and other designers.
For the truly intrigued, there are two upcoming lectures, on 11/03 and 12/29. Reservations for these are not required, but attending costs €5 per person on top of the €14.50 museum entrance fee.
Also on display: the glass works of French artist René Lalique, Piet Mondrian and De Stijl, Delftware, and a slew of modern painters on continuous exhibit.
[Photo: Gemeentemuseum Den Haag]