What happens when you receive an email from a magazine asking would you be available to shoot Coco Chanel’s apartment in Paris?
First you faint with excitement and then hit the reply button as soon as you can with a giant YES!!
That’s exactly what I did when House and Garden asked me to shoot Australian writer Sarah Ayoub in the famed Rue Cambon apartment.
Sarah has idolised Coco Chanel from her teenage years when she saved every penny she had to buy her first Chanel handbag. It was her life dream to visit Coco Chanel’s apartment in Paris and you can read the full story in this month’s issue.
Sarah and I had the great fortune to have a Chanel historian recount the story behind each object and who gave it to Coco. We listened as the historian recounted the revolutionary way she decorated her apartment with simple linen curtains and a giant beige suede couch. At the time the decoration was all florals and heavy velvet or brocade draps. Go Coco!
I loved shooting this last portrait even though it is small on Coco Chanel’s famed staircase. It is a photo that I will always treasure in my portfolio of cool Parisian places and awe inspiring moments on my photographic journey. I pinched myself when I left her apartment that day.
Merci House and Garden, Sarah and Chanel!
“Fashion fades only style remains”. Coco Chanel
PS: Sararh has a popular blog called Chasing Aphrodite