PORTRAIT: COCO CHANEL
MATERIAL: Acrylic on canvas paper
SIZE: 21cm x 30cm (A4)
Original painting is SOLD // Postcards available in my shop
“In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different.” Coco Chanel
COCO CHANEL – THE ARTIST
Gabrielle Bonheur “Coco” Chanel (1883 – 1971) was a French fashion designer and one of the most influential people of the 20th century. She created the iconic Chanel brand. Transforming the female silhouette from the “corseted” look to more sporty and casual chic. Besides clothes she extended her aesthetics to jewellery, handbags and fragrances. She herself also designed the famed interlocked-CC monogram of which the brand Chanel is know for. It’s been in use since the 1920s.
My painting of her with a dog is based on this public domain photograph taken of her in 1928.
COCO CHANEL AND ME
My first bachelor of art degree was from fashion design. Fashion design is often regarded as something vain. But it’s a form of art that comes closest to our skin. It’s self expression. It’s the skin tone we choose ourselves.
When we think of Coco Chanel she didn’t only free “the look” of women. She freed “the feel” of women. How women were able to MOVE and what they were able to DO. In clothes that were still considered decent. Decent meaning an angry mob didn’t punish the women verbally or physically for dressing that way.
Psst. Lot of people think my beloved cat Cocco is named after her – but Cocco was actually named before he moved in with me as a 2-year-old boy. But I must say his name was a good omen that we were meant for each other.