Jean Cocteau. [Chanel].
London. The Chelsea Press. 1989. First edition. No. 79 from the 290 numbered copies. Limited to 335 copies in total. Portfolio, cloth-backed paper-covered boards with ties and title label pasted to front board. 31 loose sheets, including 28 drawings reproduced on rectos only. 290 x 235mm (11½ x 9¼"). 0.5kg. . English and French. Near fine; some areas of fading to portfolio, a corner of the title label appears to have been creased up and re-glued, some small marks to rear board, short crease to top inner flap of portfolio; plates in excellent clean condition.
In 1933 Jean Cocteau created a series of sketches for costume designs, clothes and fashions. The 28 drawings were found in a Chanel branded envelope with "Drawings by Jean C." handwritten by Paul Iribe, Cocteau's friend and Chanel's lover. Cocteau knew Chanel well and they worked together on several creative projects in fashion and for the stage. The sketches reveal another of Cocteau's talents, that of costume and fashion designer and carry his trademark fluidity of line.