Exploring the friendship that existed between the renown French fashion designer and the Californian artist.

Marion Pike first met Coco Chanel when she painted her portrait in 1967 and this encounter marked the start of an enduring creative friendship.

Pike was a superb colourist, producing paintings that were often monumental in size. The display includes five portraits she produced of Chanel, exhibited as a complete set for the very first time.

In addition there is also a selection of haute couture fashion pieces worn by Pike and her daughter Jeffie, who has become her mother's archivist and has loaned all the exhibits that are on display.

They are presented alongside her memories of the pair as well as of her own meeting Chanel in 1968 which she describes as 'an unforgettable, affirmative experience'.

Fashion Space Gallery

London College of Fashion 20 John Princes Street, W1G 0BJ


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