Artist Marion Pike and fashion icon Coco Chanel.

2017 loan exhibit

American Premiere:
Coco Chanel: A New Portrait by Marion Pike, Paris 1967–1971

The 2017 Washington Winter Show loan exhibit marks the first time this collection of portraits and couture fashions will be displayed in North America, with prior exhibitions in London and Milan.

Curated by Amy de la Haye, London College of Fashion, the exhibition features five portraits of legendary designer Coco Chanel, painted by the California artist Marion Pike, following a meeting between the two extraordinarily talented, creative 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. This exhibition explores the profound friendship between Pike and Chanel, as well as the creative influences upon the two women’s work.

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.