Nothing incites lust, style and envy quite like a Chanel little black jacket. Indeed, in the ever-changing fashion world, it’s hard to think of a more enduring statement than that simple, box-cut tweed.

Famously inspired by an Austrian hotel uniform, Coco Chanel’s signature jacket has now been immortalised in a book curated by Mr Chanel himself Karl Lagerfeld and style icon Carine Roitfeld. The Little Black Jacket: CHANEL's Classic Revisited by Karl Lagerfeld and Carine Roitfeld is the result of a year-long project in which Lagerfeld photographed 113 friends and celebrities, each wearing the same Chanel jacket.

With Roitfeld contributing some unique styling (she also appears on the cover) and talent including the likes of Sarah Jessica Parker, Elle Fanning, Alexa Chung, Anna Wintour, Tilda Swinton, Kirsten Dunst and Daphne Guinness, it makes for some intoxicating imagery. All of the celebrities and fashion identities involved have had some relationship with Chanel over the years, whether as ambassadors, muses or models.

To celebrate the launch of the book, Chanel is hosting a photographic exhibition in Sydney, featuring a selection of images from the book. Fresh from its debut in Tokyo, the exhibition promises to provide an insight into the fashion house’s enduring legacy and artistic values.

Launched on October 25 at Pier 2/3, Walsh Bay, the exhibition will also coincide with a lavish refurbishment of Chanel’s flagship Castlereagh Street store. [fold] Notwithstanding the Hollywood stars, the ‘super’ models, the fashionable photography and delectable styling, surely the most remarkable element to this story is how a garment designed in 1953 can look so modern and so relevant in 2012.

The Little Black Jacket exhibition will run from October 25 to November 11, 2012 at Pier 2/3 Walsh Bay.

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