The personal wardrobe and jewellery of one of high fashion's immortal figures the late Coco Chanel, will be auctioned by christies Auction House in London on December the second.
LV & CU INTERIOR Model in black dress with three quarter length coat and belt with Chanel label being shown to newsmen. (4 SHOTS)
CU Princess jeanne-Marie Broglie, head of Christie's Paris office, speaking in English to John Darby.
SV & CU Princes Jeanne-Marie describing model wearing beige tweed suit with Chanel label. (2 SHOTS)
CU & SV (Interview continues) photographer photographing model in purple and blue chiffon dress with chiffon panels.
SV (Interview continues Model in short evening dress of black pleated silk chiffon with bootlace straps and gauze jacket. (2 SHOTS)
SV Camel wool coat lined with otter fur, matching hat and cashmere dress.
CU Princes Jeanne-marie speaking in English.
DARBY: "Madame, what was so special about Chanel?"
PRINCESS JEANNE-MARIE: "I think it was her work. Indeed, a very high ideal she had about her work. She never felt she was a star. She reworked and reworked up to forty times the same suit which she had planned to do for the next collection."
DARBY: "But did she set a style for popular fashion?"
PRINCESS JEANNE-MARIE: "I think she did. She has been copied for thirty or forty years."
DARBY: "Well, what sort of prices might the suits and dresses from her personal collection be expected to fetch?"
PRINCESS JEANNE-MARIE: "We simply do not know. They are not dresses anymore. They are works of art. And how can you expect to (INDISTINCT) the price of a work of art to fetch? We are really expecting museums to buy, and museums never disclose their intentions before the sale."
DARBY: "Wouldn't it have been just a bit more appropriate to have had the auction in Paris, rather than here in London?"
PRINCESS JEANNE-MARIE: "mademoiselle Chanel was an international figure. But never forget that she had very close connections with England. She always loved England. She loved her English friends. And most of the material was actually made for her in England. So there might also be another reason, which is that these dresses being a work of art, and London being the international place for works of art, it is quite normal it is taking place in London."
REPORTER: JOHN DARBY
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Background: The personal wardrobe and jewellery of one of high fashion's immortal figures the late Coco Chanel, will be auctioned by christies Auction House in London on December the second. Some of the costumes to be sold where cut for Chanel herself and others were the originals for her shows. The famous couturier died in 1971 at the age of eighty-seven and the sale has been organised by her closest.
colleague, Madame Liliane Grumbach.
SYNOPSIS: This black sleeveless, and side-buttoning dress was made for Mademoiselle Chanel herself. Her fame as a designer peaked in the 1920s, notably for replacing fussy and extravagant fashions with simple, comfortable clothes. At the auction preview, visnews reporter John Darby talked to Christie's Paris representative, Princess Jeanne-marie Broglie, about Chanel.