An original letter from Chanel's first shop on Rue de Cambon, which is still there today, this original letter written in 1968 was contained in the glass cabinets at the exhibit and is the property now of Marion's daughter Jeffie.
I am happy to blog about the latest Chanel Exhibition which I thoroughly enjoyed in London this week. This blog is not strictly about my usual subject Handbags! but about the iconic woman that is Chanel who of course
is the most amazing handbag designer but so much more than that also, I felt compelled to share a bit more of her with you, and the world she lived in and of her great friend Marion Pike's relationship with her, which reveals another side to Coco. i
hope you enjoy it. Sissy x
The Fashion Space Gallery is located in the heart of the West End at the London College of Fashion flagship site in John Princes Street. The nearest tube is Oxford Circus. Fashion Space Gallery
London College of Fashion
20 John Princes Street
This exhibition explores the friendship and working practices of two, extraordinarily talented, creative women. Everything to see
was unusual in that it was all contained in one room, it was a small exhibit by any standards but a very interesting one! I hope you enjoy some of the photos I took.
Californian artist Marion Pike met Coco Chanel in 1967,
when she went to the couturière’s Paris atelier to paint her portrait. Chanel has been depicted as lonely and embittered in later life. The story of their immediate friendship reveals an alternative narrative, a more cheery side to Chanel I think
is revealed through some of Marion's portraits of her where she was relaxed in her home.
Marion painted at least thirteen expressive portraits and huge, colour saturated, works of Coco seated amidst bolts of cloth. And, Coco
dressed the artist and her daughter in chic, luxurious clothing. Surviving garments reveal that, even in her eighties, Chanel’s fashion flair remained undiminished. Exhibiting their works together an exquisite, shared, palette emerges. Portraits of women
whose life stories intersect with those of Marion and Coco’s own, along with one of Marion’s many self-portraits are also exhibited. The artist’s ability to also capture places and nature is demonstrated eloquently by Paris cityscapes and
The exhibits are lent by Jeffie Pike Durham, Marion’s daughter. She met Coco in 1968. It was an unforgettable, affirmative experience. This is also Jeffie’s story…