Fashion, art and sculpture collide in the making of this magnificent Lion statue at the Coco Chanel couture show in Paris, France. The design was inspired by a dream fashion icon Karl Lagerfeld had about the late Coco Chanel’s miniature lion sculpture. Karl immediately dispatched his lead set designer Stefan Lubria to make the colossus as the center piece of the Chanel Fall-Winter 2010/11 Haute Couture line.
The inspiration for the lion is clear – born on August 19th, Gabrielle Bonheur “Coco” Chanel was a Leo. She loved lions and they surfaced everywhere from her apartment decor, buttons and even her gravestone. The centerpiece for the haute couture runway show is a replica of a marble sculpture from her infamous apartment at 31 Rue Cambon. “Gabrielle Chanel surrounded herself with models of lions in wood, silver, bronze or alabaster…and the lion became a timeless biographical seal on numerous of her creations.” (Chanel News).