Actress Song Hye-kyo is the only Korean model in the project by French fashion house Chanel, “The Little Black Jacket: Chanel's Classic Revisited by Karl Lagerfeld and Carine Roitfeld.” The exhibition runs through Dec.12 at at Beyond Museum in Cheongdam-dong, southern Seoul. / Coutesy of Chanel
|Actress Sarah Jessica Parker wearing Chanel’s classic black jacket|
“The Little Black Jacket: Chanel’s Classic Revisited by Karl Lagerfeld and Carine Roitfeld,” an exhibition featuring worldwide A-listers wearing the well-tailored, collarless tweed Chanel jacket, has come to Korea at Beyond Museum in Cheongdam-dong, southern Seoul.
Some 110 black and white photographs on display are Lagerfeld and Roitfeld’s ode to the timeless fashion icon. Lagerfeld, creative director for Chanel, took the photos and Roitfeld, chief of CR Fashion Book and former editor-in-chief of Vogue Paris, styled the celebrities.
First in Tokyo in April, the exhibition has toured New York, Taipei, Hong Kong, London, Moscow, Sydney and Paris before heading to Seoul. It is associated with a book of the same name, published in March.
The photos show a wide array of stars wearing the basic jacket. Korean sweetheart Song Hye-kyo, the only Korean in the project, wore the black jacket with a few cute brooches and sequined shorts. Posing on a pair of roller skates, she creates a unique look. Song was asked to participate in the project by Lagerfeld when she visited Paris to attend a Chanel fashion show in October 2011.
Some wear it classic as a full Chanel suit, while others gave it a funky twist such as adding a studded leather vest like Alice Dellal. Model Stella Tennant draped the jacket over her shoulders and Astrid Berges-Frisbey carried it by the girdle.
Actress Sarah Jessica Parker wore the jacket as a headpiece, while model Poppy Delevingne exudes femininity by wearing the black jacket over a gown with ballet shoes. Japanese actress Yu Aoi wore a Japanese kimono belt with the black jacket, creating a mix of Chanel’s classic and Japanese tradition.
A photo of Kirsten Owen grabs attention as she is the only one in a little white jacket.
Roitfeld also stood in front of the camera, wearing the black jacket with layers of pearl necklaces.
The basic item truly suits everyone — regardless of gender or style — and even children. It goes with jeans and a fancy tutu skirt, proving why it is timeless.
The exhibition runs through Dec. 12. Admission is free. The jackets, specially tailored for photo shoots, will be displayed in Chanel boutiques in Seoul, including at Galleria, Hyundai Department Store, Shinsegae Department Store and Shilla Duty Free stores.
For more information, visit thelittleblackjacket.chanel.com or call (02) 577-6688.