Artist Marion Pike with Coco Chanel and a painting by Pike of Chanel.
Courtesy Washington Winter Show.
Coco Chanel: A New Portrait by Marion Pike, Paris 1967-71 explores the profound friendship between California artist Marion Pike and legendary designer Coco Chanel. This exhibition features five portraits of Chanel, painted Pike, following a meeting between the two women at Chanel's Paris atelier in 1967. The meeting sparked an immediate friendship between the women captured in the series of at least 13 expressive, color-saturated portraits of the fashion icon. In addition to the large-scale portraits, the exhibit features haute couture pieces styled by Coco Chanel for Marion and her daughter, Jeffie Pike Durham, who generously loaned all of the pieces for the collection. Curated by Amy de la Haye, London College of Fashion, this exhibit marks the first time this collection will be displayed in North America.