“It’s all about mosaics,” said Lagerfeld, who traveled to Ravenna, Italy, to view the intricate artworks from the fifth and sixth centuries that adorn its churches and monuments. “I thought it was an influence that could be very much Chanel,” he said. “It’s also about a spirit.”
In the 6th Century, Ravenna was the “westernmost pillar of the Byzantine Empire.” (Rick Steves, Ravenna: Italy’s Byzantium). Today, Ravenna is a living shrine featuring the monuments and churches of the lost empire. Boasting a rich cultural history, Ravenna is “best look at the glories of Byzantium this side of Istanbul.” (Rick Steves, Ravenna: Italy’s Byzantium).
Since the Chanel Métiers D’Art Pre-Fall 2011 Paris-Byzance show was inspired by the Byzantine Empire, Karl Lagerfeld went to Ravenna, Italy to shoot the Look Book for the collection. I wonder how much of the ancient mosaics will be in the photos. I think it’s great that Uncle Karl went to Ravenna because the photos will be have historical integrity – something that a set could never replicate. I can’t wait to see the pictures of the look book. In the mean time, check out these gorgeous photos of mosaics from Ravenna, Italy.
Image Source: Absolut Bologna