The Mademoiselle Privé exhibition at Chelsea’s Saatchi Gallery is causing quite the stir amongst fashion fans; I went during opening weekend with my best friend, and within half an hour the queue had snaked its way outside the gallery’s grounds and halfway down the King’s Road (which, if you haven’t been, is long). To cut a long story short, we ended up leaving the queue before we entered (so I haven’t actually seen the collection yet), but being the eager beavers we are, we had arrived early and so were in the gallery’s grounds during our short-lived queueing. This meant that when we left, the organisers assumed we had been inside and gifted us with a chic, grown-up party bag (!). This was a canvas tote, printed with the exhibition’s minimal logo, and a matching poster. I’ve been in the market for some new wall art for a while now, so being gifted these materials was the inspiration for my latest tutorial, incorporating Chanel’s favourite embellishment: the pearl. And rest assured, I will be revisiting the exhibition (and posting photos on Instagram), I just need to wait for my gallery gal to return from her jaunts abroad!
What you will need:
- Four binding spines (I used these)
- Pearl necklace (I used this)
- Thread in a similar colour to your pearls
- Slide two page binders onto the top length of your poster, so they create a join that is roughly central.
2. Trim the binders. I trimmed mine to the width of the poster, but you could leave a margin of an inch or so on either side if you prefer. Repeat steps 1-2 for the bottom length of the poster.
3. Remove the binders from the top of the poster. Prise them open enough to feed the pearl chain through.
4. With the pearls now resting in the page binders, slide the binders back onto the poster. At this point, it is worth reinforcing the binder’s grip. To do this, turn the poster over, and sellotape the binder to the poster.
5. To create the hanger, adjust the pearl chain so that there is an equal length of chain on either side of the poster. Wrap the thread around the pearls, tie the two ends together and trim any excess. Since my necklace had feature pearls, I left a short length with the feature pearls free to dangle.
Et voilà! Chanel once said, ‘Simplicity is the keynote of all true elegance’ , and I couldn’t agree more – this simple wall hanging is fresh, minimal and chic, and I LOVE it.
This tutorial lends itself well to customisation – you can experiment with chains, ribbon, contrasting-colour threads, postcards, photographs, etc.