• Three Decades with Irving Penn auction at Christies

    Sale 2397

    Three Decades with Irving Penn: Photographs from the Collection of Patricia McCabe

    14 April 2010, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 59

    IRVING PENN (1917-2009)

    Chanel Sequined Suit, New York, 1974

    Price Realised  


    IRVING PENN (1917-2009)
    Chanel Sequined Suit, New York, 1974
    gelatin silver print, printed 1975-1976
    signed, initialed, titled, dated, numbered '13120' in ink, signed and inscribed 'To Pat, Merry Christmas with love' in pencil, copyright credit reproduction limitation and edition stamps (on the reverse of the mount); one of an edition of 40
    15½ x 15¼in. (40 x 39.2cm.)

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    Penn and Vreeland, Inventive Paris Clothes 1909-1939, The Viking Press, 1977, p.79; Irving Penn photographs in platinum metals - images 1947-1975, Marlborough Fine Art Ltd, 1977. p.2; Szarkowski, Irving Penn, The Museum of Modern Art, 1984, pl. 124; Foresta and Stapp, Irving Penn: Master Images, Smithsonian Institution Press, 1990, cat. no. 48, p. 61; Penn, Passage: A Work Record, Alfred A. Knopf Callaway, 1991, p. 212

    Post Lot Text

    This image presents 'Chanel's sleeveless pullover top, straight skirt, and cardigan jacket, all in shiny black paillettes. This three-piece evening costume has been copied in various fabrics for the last fifty years. To this day it remains "perfection." (1926)'

    Diana Vreeland notes that 'It was Gabrielle Chanel who saw the great spirit of the twentieth century positively, and who showed modern, emancipated women how to dress.' (Inventive Paris Clothes, p. 74)