Chanel’s Little Black Jacket is having a moment—though it’s not like this classic hasn’t been having a moment ever since Coco drew up the pattern for the look that established her as the greatest couturiere of her time.
But this June, Chanel is celebrating its iconic mascot with a travelling photo exhibit featuring images from the forthcoming book, The Little Black Jacket: Chanel’s Classic Revisited. Due out this fall, the book was born out of a collaboration between none other than Karl Lagerfeld and Vogue Paris’ former editor in chief, Carine Roitfeld who styled various celebrities and personalities wearing the little black jacket while Lagerfeld stood behind the camera capturing the reinvention of this wardrobe staple with black and white film.
It comes to no surprise that, with their powers combined, Lagerfeld and Roitfeld recruited some of the biggest names in fashion, music, film and society to model for The Little Black Jacket. Some of the bold-faced names featured in the book include Alexander Wang, Joan Smalls, Yoko Ono, Charlotte Casiraghi, Sarah Jessica Parker, Theophilus London, Elizabeth Olsen, Sofia Coppola and Anna Wintour (who modeled with her back to the camera, but we’d recognize that signature bob anywhere!).
The exhibit launched in Tokyo this past April and is set to travel to eight different countries, making its appearance in New York on June 8th through June 18th at 18 Wooster Street. While the exhibit will include over 100 photographs, Chanel boutiques throughout the city will also take part in the homage, presenting a selection of jackets from the Paris-Bombay Métiers d’art Collection.