PETER FARAGO & INGELA KLEMETZ FARAGO had the honor to welcome HER ROYAL HIGHNESS CROWN PRINCESS MARY OF DENMARK for a private view of the exhibition NORTHERN WOMEN IN CHANEL.
This magical evening started of with a welcome speech from DesignMuseum Danmarks Director, ANNE-LOUISE SOMMER
Your Royal Highness Crown Princess Mary, Ladies and Gentlemen, dear guests and partners. It is an extremely honor for me to welcome you to this special preview of the exhibition “Northern Women in Chanel” by Peter Farago & Ingela Klemetz-Farago.
In a few minutes we will enter a visual journey full of magic and beauty, but first a few welcoming words.
The visionary photographer duo Peter Farago and Ingela Klemetz Farago has, as part of an exclusive collaboration with CHANEL in 2010 and 2011, created full fashion stories featuring 45 of the most sought-after supermodels from the Nordic and Baltic countries. The project has resulted in a lavish coffee table book and a touring photography exhibition, both entitled NORTHERN WOMEN IN CHANEL.
The images of these remarkable women allow us to take an exclusive and intimate insight into the significant past and present Haute Couture and Prêt-à-Porter collections created by Karl Lagerfeld for CHANEL as well as the brand’s Fine Jewelry and Beauty creations. Thanks to the Farago’s sense of the pictorial, these photographs not only celebrate the fascinating designs they record, but also produce sensational reinventions, demonstrating how exquisite fashion, photography and art are intertwined, and how truly inventive they can be brought together.
The exhibition is breath taking. It’s magical and extremely beautiful. And it’s a tremendous pleasure and honor for Designmuseum Denmark to host such a superb show. The tight collaboration with the artists, as well as representatives from Chanel, has been a pleasure in any respect. We have learned a lot about pursuing uncompromising results. And the museum has been turned up side down the last weeks filled with beaming energy and a sense of the unexpected. Wonderful persons have worked together with our team, and as you shall witness the result is amazing. Thank you to all of you for making it possible.
NORTHERN WOMEN IN CHANEL is an obsessive staging of a very poetic theme. It bridges otherwise contradictory elements. It’s absolutely low key at the same time as it’s glamorous and spectacular. It’s delicate and ephemeral and it makes a powerful, persistent impression. It’s photography as fine art as in a painting of Rembrandt, and it’s photography that embeds the sensibility of a snap shot-like atmosphere encapsulating a fragile and vulnerable dimension of fashion. Each photograph could be regarded as appealing tales in their own right. Spanning from the enigmatic to an almost simplistic and direct expression. Fashion, art, architecture, nature and even folklore meet and blend together in this intelligent, sense provoking, absorbing and absolutely captivating narrative epitomizing the notion of the Nordic. The take is highly artistic and saturated with aesthetic sensibilities, so what can we expect from the images of Northern Women?
As Karl Lagerfeld expresses in his foreword of the book, Northern women is about beauty defined in many different ways. A common thread, he underlines, is a kind of mysterious depth – a depth that also fascinates us, and reminds us of great talents like actresses Asta Nielsen, Greta Garbo and Ingrid Bergman, whose strong personalities resonate in the images in this exhibition. And it’s more than pure aesthetic pleasure to Lagerfeld, because the women “represent a kind of universality for the part of the world they are from. The claim to this kind of universality is never put into words by them; it’s just something based upon similarity of origin, nature and circumstances that creates this very special identity.” I guess one could say that, what Karl Lagerfeld is pointing at here, is the essence of the Nordic.
Finally I would like to express my deepest gratitude towards Your Royal Highness. Your presence at this exclusive private view is highly appreciated.
I hope you will all enjoy the exhibition: A warm welcome to all of you!