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CHANEL: The woman, the legend, the wonder


Gabrielle briefly, Coco for longer, Chanel forever.


Her mother died young, her father abandoned her, and teenage Gabrielle finds herself trapped in the repressively sterile environment of a convent.

oYet, her mind, her imagination, cannot be contained or imprisoned.



She moves to Paris,sings in a cabaret «Qui qu'a vu Coco, dans le Trocadero» where she meets Boy Capel;he helps her to open her first boutique.


She is not Gabrielle anymore.


She is reborn as Coco.


And she is ready to conquer the world.

She decides that the clothes of her time do not fit her aesthetic.


She makes her own.


She throws away corsets, underwires and anything restraining the female beauty.


She creates men’s clothing for women, she cuts dresses and hair and with those, all the “musts” in women’s clothing.


She creates an emblematic perfume, Chanel No 5 – “a woman’s perfume with a woman’s scent”.


She falls in love with aristocrats and noblemen and her art is influenced by them.


She is surrounded by Proust, Lautrec, Stravinsky, Renoir, Cocteau, Dhiaghilev and together they create the modern movement. They break rules and codes to express themselves; they create their own.


She dresses Dhiagilev’s ballet dancers, Cocteau’s actors; she dresses Hollywood.


Hollywood stars look fierce and elegant in Chanel suits.


Every woman in a Little Black Dress looks chic and mysterious; it becomes an institution for women.


Cocteau says that she is “…a kind of miracle’,she works in fashion according to rules that would seem to have value only for painters, musicians, and poets.”


She is fierce and fearless. She speaks her mind and is not even slightly concerned with the consequences.


No one sees her cry, break, surrender – except from when she loses her great love, her own Boy.


She works until her final breath.


She leaves behind, to all of us, the know-how to be chic, the freedom to wear anything we want.


She leaves behind a breath of air scented with Chanel No5. 


 Margaret Chala



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