…you can curate a fashion exhibition around it. I’m talking about two simultaneous exhibitions that opened this month: Chanel’s “The Little Black Jacket” at the Saatchi Gallery in London (through October 28) and “The Little Black Dress” exhibition at the SCAD Museum in Savannah, Georgia (through January 27).
Let’s start with the jacket, since Chanel always comes first in my book. Curated by Karl Lagerfeld and Carine Roitfeld, the exhibition is based on a book of the same name that Lagerfeld put out earlier this year. The photographic exhibition features 113 images of famous men and women that the Chanel creative director shot with Roitfeld, the former Vogue editor and the woman behind the new fashion mag CR. Celebrities, socialites, and Chanel muses, including Sarah Jessica Parker, Edie Campell, and Joan Smalls, modeled the garment in various ways to showcase its versatility. The London exhibition is the last stop on its world tour that has included Tokyo, Hong Kong, New York, and Taipei. If you can’t get to London, you can pick up the book in a bookstore near you this fall.
And then there is the always iconic Little Black Dress. Curated by Vogue contributing editor André Leon Talley, the recently-opened exhibition features various takes on the outfit starting from the turn of the century to the present. In describing the concept behind the exhibition, Talley said, “Today a little black dress is everything … It can be little. It can be big. It can be 70 yards to tulle—it’s up to interpretation.” I will take the “70 yards of tulle” please!