The Little Black Jacket Exhibition: Chanel’s Classic Revisited
We’re all familiar with the “little black dress” as an essential wardrobe staple. Coco Chanel ‘s contribution to fashion expands beyond this fundamental garment to numerous other ubiquitous items, including the best accompaniment to the LBD – “little black jacket”, forever changing the future of fashion, as well as the spirit of the people who create it.
The legendary designer is getting yet another acclimation in “The Little Black Jacket: Chanel’s Classic Revisited,” an upcoming book by Karl Lagerfeld and Carine Roitfeld, due to be released this fall. CHANEL, the primogenitor of the movement, officially opened the exhibit featuring the images on Monday 21 March 2012 in Tokyo, Japan.
Images were shot in Cannes and then in New York, before finishing up in Paris in Karl Lagerfeld’s studio. Over one hundred of fashion’s living icons are showcased wearing the jacket in the same style, all worn in their own unique way. Everyone from actress Kiko Mizuhara, architect Junya Ishigami, models Saskia de Brauw, Stella Tenant, Saki Asamiya and Rina Ota, artists , Ellie and Asami Kiyokama, jewellery designer Harumi De Rola, CHANEL ambassadors Vanessa Paradis, Alice Dellal, Zhou Xun, Daphne Guinness and Gaspard Ulliel, Clémence Poésy and Astrid Bergès-Frisbey make a debut in this prodigious project, awe inspiring in the exclusive selection of influential individuals showcased in the magnanimous publication.
Picking a favorite portrait was close to impossible; all were exquisite, seemingly taken from a multitude of generations and cultures. This fashion masterpiece is a collector’s new must have.
“The CHANEL jacket has become the symbol of a certain elegance, feminine, with an air of nonchalance, classic and timeless, that is of all times.” – Karl Lagerfeld.
The Little Black Jacket: CHANEL’s Classic Revisited by Karl Lagerfeld and Carine Roitfeld’ is on at Minomi Aoyama, Minato-Ku, Tokyo, Japan, from Saturday 24 March to Sunday 13 April 2012.