This October Sloane Square’s Saatchi Gallery is playing host to “The Little Black Jacket- CHANEL's classic revisited by Karl Lagerfeld and Carine Roitfeld”. The photographic exhibition sees Chanel paying homage to Lagerfeld’s recent coffee table book depicting models, actors, singers, musicians, dancers, and those generally fabulous wearing the little black jacket. Expanding over three large rooms, the exhibit is formed of 113 large-scaled photographs with each beauty (and beast) draping, wrapping, layering, cutting, slinging, and presenting the jacket in their own personal way. Acting as a canvas for individuality the jacket is hardly recognisable across the images, proving its versatility and pure timelessness- essentially the theme of the work.
Uma Thurman is the forever femme fatal, with it draped over her shoulders, Alexa Chung teams it with double denim and a floral headpiece, Elizabeth Olsen is innocent and pure with her naturally tousled hair, Lily Donaldson rocks it as a typical 1980s British Punk, Alexander Wang stands in it calm and peaceful, and Georgia May Jagger sinks down in it baring her ever-seductive gap from beneath bed-hair.
Exhibiting from October 12th-28th, London is the fifth city following Tokyo, New York, Taipei, and Hong Kong, and will continue to visit cities such as Sydney, Paris, and Berlin.
For Lagerfeld, Chanel’s little black jacket “Has become the symbol of a certain feminine elegance” uninhibited by a particular age group, race, or style, allowing a woman to feel comfortable and fabulous.
The Saatchi Gallery- Duke of York’s HQ, King’s Road, London, SW3 4RY. The exhibition is free and is open 7 days a week, between 10am-6pm, with last admission at 5:30pm.
Karl Lagerfeld and Carine Roitfeld’s The Little Black Jacket is available at the Saatchi Gallery bookshop and selected bookstores.