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© Genica Athanasiou wearing Gabrielle Chanel's costume for ANTIGONE by Jean Cocteau in 1922 - photo by Man Ray

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© Genica Athanasiou wearing Gabrielle Chanel's costume for ANTIGONE by Jean Cocteau in 1922 - photo by Man Ray

Friday, April 28, 2017

GABRIELLE CHANEL'S ANTIQUE COSTUMES

Choosing an outfit always means deciding what character to play, just like an actor dresses in character for a role on stage. The analogy extends to conjuring up new looks in sketches and drawings. It was thus hardly surprising that in the early 1920s, Jean Cocteau should turn to Gabrielle Chanel, the woman he held to be "the finest dressmaker of the day". He asked her to design costumes for three tragedies, Antigone, Orpheus, and Oedipus Rex, based on rough sketches. Harking back to Greek mythology offered a way to breathe fresh relevance into universal themes such as war, marriage, the power of language, and metamorphosis. Alongside the actors, Cocteau worked with avant-garde artists, with Picasso providing set designs and Honegger the music for Antigone.

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Friday, April 28, 2017

MODERN MYTHOLOGY
BY KARL LAGERFELD

Karl Lagerfeld sought inspiration in ancient Greece for Modern Mythology, a series of photographs drawing on the greatest romance of all Antiquity, Longus's Daphnis and Chloe. The models Bianca Balti and Baptiste Giabiconi in the lead roles embody not the title characters so much as memories of a lost civilization: "Reality is of no interest to me. I use what I like". Karl Lagerfeld

Thursday, April 27, 2017

THE FILM MAKING-OF

"Gabrielle has an unconventional style and taste." Pharrell Williams

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