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Chanel par Willy Rizzo

November 4, 2015 , written by la-redaction-the-staff

Willy Rizzo « eut » toutes les stars, ou presque. De Marilyn à Bardot, de Marlène à l’ami Nicholson. La liste est longue de celles et ceux qui acceptèrent et parfois demandèrent à ce photographe de les mettre en boîte… Willy Rizzo fut aussi le confident discret et secret d’une immense artiste, le seul génie absolu que connut sans doute l’univers de la mode. Son nom ? Gabrielle Chanel, dite Coco pour les amis, la postérité, et l’éternité. Entre eux, ce fut très vite, dans cet après-guerre couleur grisaille, un feu d’artifices permanent. Une amitié folle, comme on parle d’amour fou, qui ne s’éteignit qu’avec la disparition de la grande Mademoiselle.

Willy Rizzo s’est éteint en 2013 à l’âge de 85 ans, il laisse derrière lui de nombreux clichés, parmi eux, ses séances de photos au studio de la rue Cambon, rue François Ier et place du Palais Bourbon, capturant à l’insu de son hôtesse concentrée, l’instant miraculeux où un bout d’étoffe sculpté sur un corps de femme devient une merveille de vêtement. Chanel au travail, Rizzo dans son élément, invisible et studieux. Chanel par Rizzo est publié aux éditions Minerve et à cette occasion, une exposition est organisée au Studio Willy Rizzo jusqu’au 28 novembre prochain.

Chanel par Willy Rizzo
Minerve Editions
200 pages, 181 Photographs
25 x 34 cm
ISBN 978-2-911469-47-3
€ 75.00

Chanel par Willy Rizzo
From October 15th to November 28th, 2015
Studio Willy Rizzo
12 rue de Verneuil
75007 Paris



  From   2015-10-15
  To    2015-11-28


Studio Willy Rizzo

12 rue de Verneuil 75007 Paris
Paris France



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