Douglas Kirkland BIOGRAPHY

Legendary Photographer comes to Perth with his 'Coco' Chanel exhibition! He has captured some of the world’s most beloved icons. Here is his story.

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'Three Weeks With Coco Chanel' by Douglas Kirkland 
  Meet the legendary photographer himself!  

We are delighted to celebrate the fashion icon, Coco Chanel, with this exclusive insider’s view of her incredible life, captured by one of the world’s most legendary photographers, Douglas Kirkland.

13 March (from 12pm) - 12 April | FREE 
Located on Level Two Opposite Country Road.


International celebrity photographer Douglas Kirkland boasts a career that spans more than 50 years working with some of the world’s most legendary figures including Elizabeth Taylor, Marilyn Munroe, John Travolta and Angelina Jolie to name just a few.

This exhibition captures three weeks that Douglas spent with Chanel in Paris, July 1962 when he was sent by “The Look Magazine” New York to do a story at a time when Chanel’s fashions had moved into the white house, worn by another fashion icon – Jacqueline Kennedy.

He was twenty seven and she was seventy-nine – a contrast of innocence and experience.

Over the three weeks Douglas was able to establish a wonderful working relationship with Chanel that resulted in capturing one of the most intimate insights into the working life of this notoriously stylish woman who was known for saying, “There is no time for cut and dried monotony. There is time for work. And time for love. That leaves no other time.”


Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel (1883-1971) is a notoriously stylish fashion icon unlike any other.

Born on August 19, in Samur, France, about two hundred miles from Paris, Chanel came from humble beginnings learning to sew in the orphanage where she lived as a child.

After a brief career in cabaret in 1909 she transformed herself into “Coco Chanel establishing a little millinery shop in Paris which still stands to this day.

Renowned for her modernist approach to women’s clothing Chanel stripped women of their corsets and feathers, bobbed their hair, put them in bathing suits and sent them out in the sun to get tanned.

She introduced slacks, costume “junk” jewellery that was copied by jewellers, shorter hem lines, the popular quilted bag, the low heel signature two-tone pump and the comfortable suit all with a new concept of elegance.

She made the first couture perfume, Chanel No. 5 which remains the most popular scent ever created and she was named by Time Magazine as one of the most influential people of the century.

This exhibition by one of the world’s most acclaimed photographer/artists, Douglas Kirkland gives an intimate insight into three weeks in the world of Coco Chanel.

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