NORTHERN WOMEN IN CHANEL – Ode to Scandinavian Beauty

Featured in several fashion and design magazines and exhibited at design museums around the world, the photo art project Northern Women in Chanel is an inspirational fashion journey through the Nordic culture, it’s people and landscape.

© Ingela Klemetz-Farago and Peter Farago

The Stylist Ingela Klemetz-Farago completed the project with her husband, photographer Peter Farago. Inspired by Ingmar Bergman’s earthy heroines, the Swedish couple crossed Arctic plains and ancient forests with suitcases full of couture for Northern Women in Chanel. In collaboration with Chanel the book is an ode to ethereal models of Scandinavian and Baltic descent, many of whom have played muse to creative director Karl Lagerfeld, who also contributed to the book. Helena Christensen, Iselin Steiro and Freja Beha Erichsen are among the Nordic beauties featured in the 384-page portfolio. With unlimited access to Chanel’s archives, the duo shot close to 300 looks by the house in little over a year, including one-of-a-kind pieces dating back to the early 1920s.

“We’re so close to nature here. That strength and honesty makes for a graceful, down-to-earth kind of femininity.”
– Farago to VOGUE

Touring exhibition of Northern Women in Chanel started at Fotografiska in Stockholm, June 30th 2011 and will be held in museums and galleries around the world until 2013.
The book was released July 1st 2011 and it’s available from the highly exclusive bookstore MENDO in Amsterdam for €175. For each book sold, parts of the proceeds will be donated to the charity organization Save the Children. There’s also a limited edition package, the original Northern Women in Chanel book including a set of intimate black & white photos signed by the photographers, Bare Moments. Numbered by hand and presented in luxurious velvet slipcase. Price €495.
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