“For me black has everything. So does white. They are absolute beauty. They are the perfect match”, said Gabrielle ‘Coco’ Chanel, almost a century later her word have inspired ShowStudio to put on an exhibition starring the classic combination.
Chanel Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2009
The exhibition includes some of fashion’s most prolific names, including the photographers Irving Penn and Nick Knight, the set designer, Michael Howells, Amanda Harlech (Karl Lagerfeld’s official muse), Cecil Beaton, Chanel and Gareth Pugh structured only around the most celebrated aesthetic in fashion – black and white.
Lisa Fonssagrives-Penn in 1950
The exhibition also includes Beaton’s 1950 portrait od Lisa Fonssagrives-Penn, the then wife of Irving Penn and the paper origami inspired headpieces made by Kamo for Lagerfeld’s S/S ’09 Chanel Haute Couture show.
“Blackwhite” runs until June 19th, 2010; at 1-9 Bruton Place, London, W1J 6LT; Tel: 020 7399 4299