Karl Lagerfeld pays tribute to Chanel’s Little Black Jacket.

by Katie on February 8, 2012

As well as the little black dress (LBD) fashion has its reverence for the equally adaptable Little Black Jacket.

In Karl Lagerfeld’s forthcoming book The Little Black Jacket: CHANEL’s classic revisited by Karl Lagerfeld and Carine Roitfeld* pays tribute to Chanel’s little black jacket through over a hundred photographs. In this work the designer shows that this iconic twentieth-century piece is timelessly fashionable.


This book captures Chanel’s little black jacket being adapted and worn differently by some of today’s greatest personalities in contemporary culture. Slipped on by the French singer, Vanessa Paradis, transformed into a headdress for actress, Sarah Jessica Parker, or adapted to Alice Dellal’s neo-punk look – this fashion masterpiece can be adapted to suit any style. 
Created during the fifties by Mademoiselle Chanel, the jacket has been endlessly reinvented by Karl Lagerfeld in each of his collections ever since 1983, for the most part, in the fundamental Chanel colour: black. More than fifty years after it was first designed, this garment still occupies a unique place in the world of fashion: that of a luxury must-have item for every woman’s wardrobe. Whether in Tokyo, New York or Paris, the Chanel jacket looks just as good worn with sophisticated flair as it does with a pair of jeans and a t-shirt or a post modern punk panache.


It is this versatility that Karl Lagerfeld has chosen to capture in a series of photographs taken in close collaboration with Carine Roitfeld. The book will accompany the opening of an exhibition dedicated to it, which will run from 24th March until 15th April 2012 in Tokyo. 

*The Little Black Jacket: CHANEL’s classic revisited by Karl Lagerfeld and Carine Roitfeld, Steidl, Göttingen, 2012. Available in bookstores from Autumn 2012.  

Catwalk image from Chanel’s Spring 2012 Couture show.


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