Must read: Douglas Kirkland's intimate look at Coco Chanel during three weeks in 1962
Never seen before pictures
A series of images taken over just three weeks in 1962 by photographer Douglas Kirkland reveals a fascinating look at the professional life of Coco Chanel.
Kirkland, who spent a total of 21 days with the designer in her apartment in the Ritz, and at the studio preparing for a catwalk show, plus a weekend trip to Versailles, has shared that he grew to enjoy a 'friendly relationship' with her, but never saw the signature hat removed, even once."I assumed, like many French people at the time, that she didn't speak English," Kirkland explains in Coco Chanel Three Weeks 1962. "Then one morning I turned a corner in a narrow hallway at the atelier and found myself face to face with her. She looked straight at me and said 'Salut.' I froze, not knowing how to respond. After a beat, in her low voice, she said in perfect English, 'I just said hello to you.'"
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