In this brand new series of 3.55 podcasts for Chanel – produced by Monocle 24 – we head to the opening of Chanel’s Mademoiselle Privé Tokyo exhibition, which runs at the Japanese capital’s B&C Hall-Tennoz until 1 December and takes a journey through haute couture, high jewellery and Chanel No. 5. Monocle’s editor-in-chief, Tyler Brûlé, will meet Chanel's fashion president and ambassadors, including Pharrell Williams and Sofia Coppola, to discuss the codes and craft of the maison, as well as its relationship with Japan.
Musician and producer Pharrell Williams concludes our series of interviews at the Mademoiselle Privé Tokyo exhibition. He reveals his fascination with great ideas to Monocle’s editor-in-chief, Tyler Brûlé, and explains why technology can never match the romance and power of a story told by artists and craftsmen.
Soo Joo Park
Korean-American actress and DJ Soo Joo Park explains to Monocle’s editor-in-chief, Tyler Brûlé, how a multicultural upbringing and education helped her to master Chanel’s codes and her fascination when seeing them being revisited by Karl Lagerfeld and Virginie Viard season after season.
Film-maker Sofia Coppola has strong ties with both Chanel and Japan. She is perhaps best known for her Tokyo-based 2003 film ‘Lost In Translation’ in which Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson befriend each other as they find themselves lost and lonely in the Japanese capital. As Coppola tells Monocle’s Tyle Brûlé, her relationship with Chanel began when she was 15, during a summer internship in Paris.
Bruno Pavlovsky and Ayami Nakajo
Tyler Brûlé meets Chanel’s fashion president as the finishing touches are put to Mademoiselle Privé Tokyo to discuss how Japan is entwined with the very beginnings of Chanel in Asia. As the exhibition opens, actress and model Ayami Nakajo talks to Brûlé about why she thinks there are such strong links between French and Japanese cultures.