Chanel celebrates Cocteau with show at South of France’s Carrières de Lumières

“Because it was there that Gabrielle Chanel housed her favourite bestiary, her lions, female sphinxes, but also deer, which are printed, along with other symbols of the House, on a long negligee-style dress in pink-beige and black crêpe. It was also in this apartment that she received her close friends, including Jean Cocteau,” Virginie Viard said about Gabrielle Chanel’s friendship with the artist, filmmaker and National Treasure Jean Cocteau. “Ultimately, through her friendships, it is Chanel, the woman, that I love more and more: her life gives us access to characters just as extraordinary as herself.”

The latest Chanel Cruise show, staged at Carrières de Lumières, in the beautiful village of Les Baux-de-Provence in the South of France nodded to Cocteau’s close relationship with Chanel and referenced the artist’s admiration for Carrières de Lumières, an impressive site where he shot scenes of his 1960 masterpiece Testament of Orpheus. In his lifetime, Cocteau also encouraged Chanel to work with the likes of Pablo Picasso and Igor Stravinsky.

Shot by Inez & Vinoodh, the pre-show teaser featured six looks from the collection worn by model Lola Nicon, as she lounged in Chanel’s famed apartment at 31 rue Cambon, in Paris. At the time of their friendship, Coco was still living around the corner on the Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, where poet Jean could smoke opium, attempting to get over the early death of his great love, writer Raymond Radiguet.