Coco chanel london college of fashion
BY Olivia Lidbury | 05 August 2013
The London College of Fashion is poised to play host to a collection of portraits of late designer Gabrielle 'Coco' Chanel.
Opening on September 5, 'Coco Chanel: A New Portrait by Marion Pike, Paris 1967-71' will explore the friendship between artist Marion Pike and the legendary designer.
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Californian artist Pike met Chanel in 1967 during a period when she spent six month of the year living and painting in Paris. The designer had refused Pablo Piccasso's request to paint her portrait, but allowed Pike, whose 1966 portrait of former US president Ronald Reagan covered Time magazine, to do so.
They went on to become great friends and Pike was known for wearing Chanel suits when she wasn't working.
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It is Pike's daughter, Jeffie, who has become her mother's archivist since she passed away in 1998. The exhibition will feature Haute Couture gowns worn by both Marion and Jeffie, as well as correspondence, such as the letter below in which Pike writes to Coco to thank her for her new outfit.
The exhibition will run until November 16 at the Fashion Space Gallery, 20 John Princes Street, London, W1G 0BJ.