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Exclusive: Tokyo Through The Lens of Chanel and Award-Winning Director Sofia Coppola

In every industry, there are icons. Not only have they dramatically influenced the future course of their field but they have also become synonymous with the industry in which they work. In fashion, there is no one quite like the queen of the little black dress Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel and in cinema, American director Sofia Coppola reigns Hollywood with her award-winning films. Combine these two visionary forces together, and it’s not difficult to design a masterpiece.  

A longtime friend of the French Maison for decades, Copolla created a special video tribute paying homage to the Chanel founder in celebration of the fifth edition of the Mademoiselle Privé exhibition occurring in Tokyo until December 1, collecting archival footage, vintage advertisements, and present-day clips to honor the timeless creations envisioned by the brand’s creative leaders. 

“It’s a montage to show the spirit of Chanel, which is a mix of high couture, playfulness, [and] femininity, as well as Coco’s idea of the modern woman,” Coppola previously told Vogue. “She was making clothes for women to be able to work, travel, be comfortable in, and give them confidence—I think that’s just what you look for in fashion.”

As the immersive fashion exhibit enters its final days in the industrial Shinagawa warehouse, Copolla exclusively shares a photo diary depicting her travels in the Japanese capital ahead of the Mademoiselle Privé opening a little more than a month ago with Vogue Arabia. Featuring a secret side of Tokyo never unearthed before, explore snaps of Copolla’s must-visit dining destinations, hidden shopping spots, museum marvels, and personal highlights from the exhibition in the gallery above while keeping an eye out for a few familiar faces—hint: there are Chanel ambassadors and blasts from Copolla’s directorial past. 

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