Keira Knightley stars as Chanel in Lagerfeld’s short film ”Once Upon a Time…”-Film review by Lady Sybilia

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Karl Lagerfeld’s latest short film. Titled ‘Once Upon a Time…features Keira Knightley as ”Coco” Gabrielle Chanel,film on the occasion of the 100 years anniversary since the opening of the first Chanel shop in the luxurious style haven of Deauville,France. Directed by Karl Lagerfeld, in black and white,the short film is an amalgama of excellent dresses and jewelry,vintage cars and fabulous settings.

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Lagerfeld always keep a straight line regarding script, calling the whole vision ”Invented reality,”at WWD (Women’s Wear Daily) whilst on set.You can’t really take Lagerfeld’s short films literally as films,its better to be judged and appreciated.Most of the cast were dressed in historically accurate costumes perfect to detail while Keira Knightley also appears in several cream pieces especially designed for her. Actor Clotilde Hesme appears as Chanel’s close friend,collaborator and Aunt, Adrienne,a figure prominent in Chanel’s life and work.

Karl Lagerfeld uses as an main narrative idea the recreates one of Chanel’s first…

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Author: Camara Dia Holloway

I am an art historian specializing in early twentieth century American art with particular focus on the history of photography, race and representation, and transatlantic modernist networks. I earned my PhD at Yale University in the History of Art Department. Besides my leadership role as the Founding Co-Director of the Association for Critical Race Art History (ACRAH), I am recognized for my expertise on African American Art, particularly African American Photography, and as a seasoned consultant for exhibitions, museum collections, and symposia/lectures planning.

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