A global exhibition has been curated to celebrate one of the fashion world’s most enduring items – Chanel’s Little Black Jacket. Just opened in London at the Saatchi Gallery, the exhibition explores the luxury brand’s most lasting legacy through a series of black and white photos of actresses, models, icons and even men wearing the cropped black tweed.
A must-see for fashion fans, this unique exhibition partners Chanel Creative Director Karl Lagerfeld’s forthcoming book on the same subject, with help from arguably one of the world’s most stylish women, former French Vogue editor Carine Roitfeld.
Since it’s conception back in 1954, The Little Black Jacket has been worked into the wardrobes and styles of so many diverse women. From creator Mademoiselle Coco’s monochrome palette, dripping in pearls to modern day Alexa Chung’s ability to throw it over disheveled double denim and still make it look just as chic.
The free photographic exhibition comprises over 100 black and white images of muses wearing the jacket. From French style darlings Vanessa Paradis and Carine Roitfeld to long running Chanel muse, Amanda Harlech.
Modern Cocos come in the form of Alex Chung, Poppy Delevigne and the unlikely model, Kanye West. If nothing else, the exhibition provides a source of fashion candy and style inspiration – it’s incredible to see just how diverse such a simple piece of fashion history has been translated into each individual’s style.
Globally recognised, if not worshiped, Chanel is seen as one of the world’s most prolific superbrands and so the exhibition will be travelling far and wide, from Sydney to Paris.
If you’re in the capital, make sure you work it into your schedule.
Little Black Jacket is open now until October 28 at The Saatchi Gallery, Duke of York’s Square, SW3 4RY 10am – 6pm. Admission is free.