Paris, Galerie Basia Embiricos

Douglas Kirkland took these iconic black and white images of Coco Chanel, the legendary French fashion designer, on a three-week assignment for Life Magazine in the summer of 1962. At first, the magazine editor at the time was not crazy about the idea for the assignment but First Lady Jackie Onassis had started to wear Chanel designs, so he gave his accord.

Coco Chanel took the young photographer from rural Canada under her wing, giving him full access to her design studio, even instructing Kirkland on how to carry himself – and hold his dining fork – among French society.

Kirkland has had a long and illustrious career and is perhaps more widely known for his stunningly intimate portraits of Marilyn Monroe and his work on major Hollywood film sets. His three weeks with Chanel garnered images that today comprise a book entitled Coco Chanel, Three Weeks that waspublished in 2008.

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