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Monday, November 25, 2013

They have this really interesting retrospective of French artist Jean Cocteau going on at the Palais Royal right now in Paris. Apparently he lived at the Palais Royal at 36 rue de Montpensier, in a tiny home connected making this his playground.

While I was walking around from shop to shop exploring Cocteau’s sketches I vaguely remembered studying in art history that Jean Cocteau and Coco Chanel were great friends. More details about that can be found on the Chanel website.

I was walking around Palais Royal and seeing the various shops that were showing his works or works inspired by him. Works like this colorful print on the scarf in the headline image of this post at a pretty shop called Épice by Danish designers Bess Nielson and Jan Machenhauer. They were kind enough to let me photograph the print, it’s so vibrant!

After walking around and seeing his work, I did some searching on google about the Jean Cocteau and Coco Chanel friendship where I found some sketches of Chanel by Cocteau. This one from 1932.

coco chanel sketch by jean cocteau, coco chanel and jean cocteau, chanel and cocteau

© ADAGP Paris, 2013.

Then later, a sketch Cocteau made of Chanel wearing a silk dress in 1937.

1937 robe in soir by jean cocteau, 1937 sketch of coco chanel by artist jean cocteau, jean cocteau and coco chanel, les six,

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There is this letter, almost a love letter, dating back to 1957 with a sketch in ink and colored pencil showing the great friendsip of Jean Cocteau and Coco Chanel. The translation is something like this.

“my very very dear coco. i crossed paris like a hunting nomads flying arrow of a bow; if this paris did not get you back I would have been saddened but my loyal tenderness will never leave you. i love you jean”

jean cocteau handwritten letter and sketch to coco chanel for 1957 christmas, christmas letter to chanel from cocteau, cocteau and chanel, jean cocteau and coco chanel, jean cocteau palais royal

© ADAGP Paris, 2013.

jean cocteau and coco chanel

© Luc Fournol

Vintage photograph of the two of them together

Have you seen something that inspires you lately that you’d love to share?

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One Response to when art meets fashion

  1. I absolutely love this Fabulous idea! Cheers.