The ‘Little Black Jacket’ exhibition at the Saatchi is a celebration of the iconic Chanel tweed jacket by Carine Roitfeld and of course Karl Lagerfeld himself. An array of famous faces from models, musicians and fashion designers feature in the presentation of 113 images lining the walls throughout four . The photographic exhibition is dedicated to Karl Lagerfeld’s latest book: ‘The Little Black Jacket: CHANEL’s classic revisited by Karl Lagerfeld and Carine Roitfeld’ and underlines the creativity and excellence of the brand’s signature.
Something nice about this presentation was the raw quality of the photos themselves. Printed and shown on nothing but good quality white paper and pinned to the wall. Free copies were in piles on the floor of the room, enabling you to take a snapshot of this exhibition away for free – a very sweet touch.
It simply was what it was. A stripped down presentation where all the focus went to the simple yet wonderfully executed shots, where the jacket and its wearer’s personality took center stage.
Icons throughout the fashion world prevailed; a whole room dedicated to Yoko Ono, with larger than life prints along the wall. A shot of the back of Anna Wintour’s head with her iconic hair style stands out strongly from the images. Like a force to be reckoned with, you know exactly who this is; without seeing a face.
The whole exhibition looked like a who’s who guest list to a Chanel party – the personalities modeling the jacket are friends of the house of Chanel.
One prominent beauty of this exhibition is to show how the jacket is worn and presented by each personality. Each person wearing the jacket has adapted the piece to reflect their own personal style aesthetic. Whether it’s as a cape on a simply stunning portrait of Lily Allen, or flung simply over one shoulder like Kirstin Dunst.
The exhibition sadly ends on Monday 4th November, but fear not, as ‘The Little Black Jacket: CHANEL’s classic revisited by Karl Lagerfeld and Carine Roitfeld’ book is available worldwide in bookstores now.
by David Mahoney