Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Chanel - Little Black Jacket Exhibition

If you know me well or have read my fashion week blog posts you will know that I love Chanel. Who doesn't love Chanel? Coco Chanel is the reason why women still maintain their elegance and femininity to this day. As women we can participate in daily activities without being weighed down by elaborate dresses. We too can wear suits and not look like men or try to imitate men.

One of the most iconic Chanel pieces is The Little Black Jacket. You might not own a Chanel little black jacket but I'm sure you have a little black jacket. Many might not know this but in your wardrbe, the black jacket carries the same presence as the little black dress. Actually it could be a lot more important because it can be worn with any style and by anyone.
The Little Black Jacket exhibition illustrates this concept very well.

The exhibition features photographs taken by the wonderful Karl Lagerfeld. The jacket is modelled by many different men and women. Because so many different people with different styles have illustrated how to wear the jacket, it makes it easier to believe that it can be worn by anyone. Many people look at certain fashion items and think that they could never wear it but here we have an exhibition which shows people of different styles and personalities wearing a jacket that was originally made for elegant women or should I say women of a high social ranking.

The Little Black Jacket exhibition opening party in London took place on October 11th
Interviews by Elizabeth Von Guttman and Alexia Niedzielski

Look At The Making of The Little Black Jacket Photographs

The Little Black Jacket exhibition opening party in Moscow took place on October 18th
Interviews by Miroslava Duma

Sarah Jessica Parker, Kanye West, Theophilus London, Daphne Guinness, Anna Wintour and Laetitia Casta are among the many chosen by Karl Lagerfeld for this exhibition. Below I have added some of my favourite photographs. There are so many more so please do visit the site and have a look and let me know which ones are your favourites.

Akuol de MabiorDaphne Guinness
Georgia May JaggerHaider Ackermann
Joan SmallsKirsten Owen
Laetitia CastaScarlett Utzmann Huynh
Uma ThurmanWaris Ahluwalia

If it is one thing this exhibition has taught me is that we can all be united by one thing. One piece of clothing. Yes this jacket is the exact same for everyone, obviously different sizes, but everyone is wearing the exact generic copy. However it looks different on everyone. I'm sure if you had to take these photographs to someone who has never heard of the exhibition and asked them what they thought of the style of the individuals, they would probably initially miss the fact that they all wearing the same jacket. Yes, they will be able to tell you that they wearing black jackets but at first glance it is difficult to realise that all the jackets are exactly the same. Before I read about the exhibition I initially thought the jackets were tailor made for each individual, little did I know it was the same jacket throughout.

The Little Black Jacket exhibition opening party in Sydney took place on October 25th
Interviews by Jess Blanch.

I know I do not usually add this much video content on my blog posts but it is a must that you watch every single video. I love hearing different opinions and watching people's reactions.

If you cannot physically visit the exhibition do not fear. The website features an e-experience which means we can all virtually be part of Karl Lagerfeld's world.

The Making of The Little Black Jacket Exhbition

All videos are from the CHANEL Youtube Page
and all images are from the Little Black Jacket Website

The Little Black Jacket exhibition opened at the Grand Palais on November 8th
Interviews by Alexandra Golovanoff

The Little Black Jacket exhibition opening film in berlin, November 20th
Interviews by Julia Freitag

The Little Black Jacket exhibition opening film in Seoul, November 28th
Interviews by Seo-Yeon Choi


Jhon Frank said...

where these exhibitions are going to be ?
i am willing to join.

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