that make you think
Boy Capel's Notebook
Arthur Capel called «Boy» (1881-1919), an English self-made-man, businessman and polo champion occupied a very central place in Gabrielle Chanel’s life. Both flamboyant and irresistible, Boy seduced Gabrielle as much as she did him. Their affair began around 1908 and lasted until the early 1910s, in spite of Capel being already married. It inspired Paul Morand for his book Lewis and Irene in which the two protagonists bear certain resemblances to Boy and Gabrielle, and this fact is confirmed by the author’s dedication in a copy of this book included in this exhibition.