A photo book, Northern Women in Chanel, showcases designs from the iconic fashion house worn by top Scandinavian and Baltic models (including several of my all time faves: Sigrid Agren, Filippa Hamilton, Frida Gustavsson, Suvi Koponen, Edita Vilkeviciute, Egle Tvirbutaite, Dorothea Barth Jörgensen, Giedre Dukauskaite, Agnete Hegelund, Amanda Nørgaard, Caroline Winberg, Ieva Laguna, Inguna Butane, Julia Hafström, Tiiu Kuik, Mona Johannesson & Iselin Steiro). Available beginning July 1st 2011 at Farago Publishing, the collaboration between photographer Peter Farago and his wife, stylist Ingela Klemetz-Farago is comprized of 384 pages, 45 stunning editorials shot primarily in Sweden and other Nordic sites, and took a full year and a half’s work to complete.
A longtime labor of love — the book came about over lunch with the CEO of Chanel’s Baltic division. The couple pitched the concept and Chanel was immediately on board; offering full access to pieces from both the label’s current collections and archives, RTW and couture. Furthermore, all the models, agents, hair and makeup stylists, and other assorted assistants working on the book gave their services for free. Chanel’s muse Freja Beha Erichsen bagged the cover(No surprise). Karl Lagerfeld “blessed the book with a poetic preface inspired by the images,” Ingela said. (Apparently, he recognized all the book’s inspirations — Nordic painters and filmmakers, as well as the region’s heritage and natural ambience — without any explanation….blah blah blah). All profits from this limited edition (2112 copies only) as well as profits from a touring exhibition of the photos will go to Save the Children and the building of girls’ schools in Baltic countries. Though the exhibit is currently in Stockholm through September, there are plans to take it worldwide. Enjoy a few shots Ive procured from diligently stalking the project.
Models involved in the project:
Freja Beha Erichsen, Helena Christensen, Filippa Hamilton, Louise Pedersen, Carmen Kass, Frida Gustavsson, Kirsi Pyrhonen, Suvi Koponen, Ginta Lapina, Edita Vilkeviciute, Siri Tollerød, Caroline Brasch Nielsen, Egle Tvirbutaite, Dorothea Barth Jörgensen, Giedre Dukauskaite, Agnete Hegelund, Amanda Nørgaard, Julija Steponaviciute, Rasa Žukauskaite, Jenny Sinkaberg, Caroline Winberg, Sunniva Stordal, Elin Skoghagen, Josephine Skriver, Ieva Laguna, Inguna Butane, Dovile Viršilaite, Elsa Sylvan, Hanna Rundlöf, Ilda Lindqvist, Johanna Jonsson, Julia Hafström, Linn Arvidsson, Linnea Regnander, Malin Persson, Katlin Aas, Kelli Lumi, Tiiu Kuik, Mimmi Söderström, Mona Johannesson, Sara Blomqvist, Theres Alexandersson, Vicky Andrén, Sigrid Agren & Iselin Steiro.