In 1962, at the age of 27, Douglas Kirkland received an assignment from Look Magazine to photograph Chanel for a story on the legendary fashion icon. For a period of three weeks, Kirkland shadowed Mademoiselle Chanel capturing her intense schedule and daily routine with models, fitters, clients and friends. In order to gain her trust and approval, Chanel instructed Kirkland to initially photograph models wearing her collection and submit the prints for her review. Chanel was so taken with the young man and his photographic skill; she allowed him access to her private rooms, surveying her everyday movements. In addition to fashion images, Kirkland and Chanel took a day trip to Versailles, where the royal gardens ultimately became the tableaux for the ‘grand dame’ photographs.
62 of those images are on display at The Rotunda in Exchange Square Central, Hong Kong from March 5th to March 18th, 2011. Check out some installation shots of the breathtaking exhibition: