Behind the scenes of La Petite Veste Noire: Yoko Ono. Courtesy of Chanel.


PARIS - A highlight of this month’s Paris Photo Fair was La Petite Veste Noire, a series of photographs by Karl Lagerfeld at the Grand Palais. The focus of the show was Chanel’s much-loved black tweed jacket – la petite veste noire.

In fashion, you have the classic petite robe noire, known in English as the little black dress. Ideal for cocktail parties, it is simple, elegant and short. In 1926, Coco Chanel published a picture of a little black dress in American Vogue. It quickly became an essential item for women’s wardrobes.

But women also love to wear Chanel’s very own petite veste noire created by back in 1954. This versatile item can be worn with everything from jeans to skirts. Throughout its lifetime, it has been a favourite among countless fashion icons.


Behind the scenes of La Petite Veste Noire: Sara-Jessica Parker. Courtesy of Chanel.

Originally, the ensemble was a revolutionary and functional break with the constraining style of the 1940s and 1950s. Now, the jacket can be tailored to suit your personality.

For the exhibition, Lagerfeld photographed a series of celebrities, from Yoko Ono to Vanessa Paradis to Kanye West, wearing this must-have item. He collaborated with Carine Roitfeld, the former director of Vogue France, who recently launched her own magazine CR Fashion Book, and is now global fashion director of Harper’s Bazaar. The series celebrated the inspiration of one of the most historic fashion houses in Paris.