PHOTOS: Portraits Of Coco Chanel Painted By Her BFF

A new exhibit at the London College of Fashion is going to be displayed next month that will explore the relationship between Coco Chanel and her Californian artist friend Marion Pike. The exhibit will show letters and couture worn by Pike, but most importantly, it will have five portraits of Coco that were painted by the artist.

It’s a big deal. Coco Chanel is one of fashion’s most legendary names, and we enjoy learning as much about her as we can. However, these portraits are especially fascinating, because Coco refused to let even Pablo Picasso paint her portrait when he requested. Yet Coco trusted Marion, and the close relationship the two women had meant that Pike could capture more than just Chanel’s face in the art, but also something a little deeper.

Here are a few pictures from the exhibit, which will be shown in London from September 4 to November 16.

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