Opening on 5th September, Coco Chanel: A New Portrait by Marion Pike, Paris 1967-71 is a new exhibition that explores the life stories, friendships and entwined creativity of two, extraordinarily talented, twentieth century women.
Californian artist Marion Pike met Coco Chanel when she painted her portrait in 1967. The story of their friendship provides a fascinating new narrative to the iconic fashion designer. Marion was a superb colourist, whose paintings – many monumental in size – are both sensitive and exuberant. The exhibition includes five striking portraits of Chanel – which have never before been exhibited together, in addition to beautiful haute couture fashion pieces worn by Marion and her daughter Jeffie.
All of the exhibits have been lent by Jeffie Pike Durham, who has become her mother’s archivist. She met Coco in 1968. This is also Jeffie’s story… It is the objects that she has so carefully preserved, contextualised by her memories, which have made this extraordinary exhibition possible.
The exhbition is curated by LCF’s Professor Amy de la Haye and runs from 4th September to 16th November at the Fashion Space Gallery, 20 John Princes Street W1. Amy de la Haye is professor of dress history and curatorship and, alongside Judith Clark, is the course leader of MA Fashion Curation.