THE LITTLE BLACK JACKET by Karl Lagerfeld

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Yes! I had the good fortune of timing my vacation last December to Chanel’s The Little Black Jacket exhibition in Berlin and I was so excited! It was an inspiring visit, needless to say.  It’s fascinating to see some many variations of one little black jacket and how it can work for everyone; male, female, androgynous.

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The exhibition venue was right next to the subway station with security staff who looked like they are models dressed in Chanel.  There were also staff giving out free exhibition posters. How cool is that!  The space was quite dark but I managed to take a few exhibition shots.  Over 100 photographic prints were on display with the little black jacket modelled by a range of friends of the Chanel House, from actors, musicians, designers, models, writers to directors.  They include Sarah Jessica Parker, Kanye West, Anna Wintour, Kirsten Dunst, Uma Thurman, Tilda Swinton, Baptiste Giabiconi, Yoko Ono and many more.

The entire exhibition is really well documented on its webite with great “Making of” behind the scenes photos such as the one of Daphne Guinness and Ken Hirai below.

The exhibition is still touring.  You never know, it might travel to your city next week!

x Sybil

(Images by Sybil and from The Little Black Jacket)

Culture Chanel: now in Shanghai!

It sure seems like ‘retrospective’ is the new IT word. Every designer seems to be jumping onto the bandwagon and holding a retrospective of some sort.

This month, Chanel too has a retrospective held at the MoCA in Shanghai. Culture Chanel, showcases 400 pieces of works including garments, fragrances, photographs and films, aims to show the relationships between Madame Chanel and the artists of her time.

The exhibition spans two floors of the MoCA museum space and is divided into 5 Catergories: Origin, Abstraction, Liberty, Invisibility and Imagination.

Karl Lagerfeld’s design Fall/ Winter 2001, as shown at the museum

Chanel’s iconic perfume- Chanel No.5

Culture Chanel will be held at
The Museum of Contemporary Art, Shanghai
Gate No.7, People’s Park,231 Nanjing West Road
Shanghai 200003, China
from 15th Jan 2011- 14th March 2011

X Alex
(Images from Vogue Italia and wwd )

Chanel mobile art museum set in Paris

Alright, so this is one of those days where I can’t find anything to write about. Initially I had planned to write about Anna Nicole Ziesche’s non-bifurcated diary but found no supporting images.(* Shout out to artists and designers…)

Just wanted to share about the Mobile Art museum that was thought up by Karl Lagerfeld and Zara Hadid. The building designed by Hadid is used to display artworks inspired by Chanel’s classic 2.55 handbag. Established contemporary artists include Daniel Buren, Sylvie Fleury, Yoko Ono, Wim Delvoye and many more.

Designed by Iraqi-born British architect, Zaha Hadid. (See her design concept here.)

The Mobile Art museum stopped it’s world tour when the economy was facing a downturn in 2008. How wonderful it is that they had set the Museum to be in Paris.

The new location is set as Chanel donates the Art Museum Pavilion to the Arab World Institute located in Paris.

 

Some of the previous art installations:

Giant Chanel 2.55 by Sylvie Fleury.

Tabiamo’s video installation At the Bottom

X Alex

(Sources and images from Zaha Hadid’s blog, Chanel news, wwd, theage and artinfo.
Last image credit to Francois Lacour)

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