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Review: The Little Black Jacket at Saatchi Gallery

The Little Black Jacket
Saatchi Gallery
12 October - 4 November 2012

If you’re in the Chelsea area, be sure to stop by the Saatchi Gallery to check out their new show, The Little Black Jacket. A play on the idea of the 'little black dress', the show features 113 large format portraits of various actors, musicians, models, and celebrities all, not only shot and styled by Chanel’s Karl Lagerfeld, but also wearing a little black jacket designed by the icon. While the concept behind the show is striking and clever, what is most exciting about the show is its presentation. All the photos are printed on large poster size canvas and tacked to the wall unframed. The dim lighting and greyscale walls are both dramatic and intimate. As you walk through the space, portraits hang casually at eye level. The normal austerity of the gallery falls away and instead you feel you have entered a private home and are encountering personal photos of friends and relatives. The setting as a whole therefore helps to re-position Lagerfeld and his work, which is so often associated with the glossy and slick pages of magazines. This is a rare opportunity to see such a large portfolio of work by one of fashion photography’s superstars.

This exhibition also celebrates the publication of The Little Black Jacket: Chanel's classic revisited by Karl Lagerfeld and Carine Roitfeld, which features photos from the show.

Report by Megan N Liberty

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