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Photographed by Mark Shaw; French fashion designer Coco Chanel sits at her desk in her private apartment at 31 Rue Cambon in Paris, France, in 1957:

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Coco Chanel, designing in 1954:

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“I prefer to keep mementos rather than photographs,” Coco Chanel told Douglas Kirkland in 1962. Kirkland, then a 27-year-old photographer for Look magazine, smiled and snapped away. What he captured in three weeks of shadowing the septuagenarian designer is sumptuously presented in his new visual memoir, “Coco Chanel: Three Weeks/1962.” The best tidbit? In those 21 days, Kirkland never once saw Chanel remove her hat.

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THE GODMOTHER OF FASHION

By Paul Callan

NO ONE really took much notice of the small, frail old lady standing in the ornate doorway of the Ritz Hotel on the elegant Place Vendôme in Paris.

The tall doorman knew her, of course. She lived in the hotel and would appear at exactly the same time every day. So he swept off his top hat, smiled, and gently guided her to a waiting Rolls-Royce.

Even in her 80s, she possessed a certain beauty, with wise, highly intelligent eyes and a grandeur of manner. Paris is a city of beautiful women of all ages but this one was different. She was Coco Chanel, the French fashion designer whose creations changed how women dressed and viewed their clothes.

Now her life story – one of poverty to riches, passion, romance, and even espionage – is being told in two new films and a book.

It is also a story of a determination to make a mark in a fashion industry where only the toughest and the most original succeed. Her designs, in particular her famous Little Black Dress and the much-copied braid-trimmed jacket and straight skirt, have left an indelible mark on fashion and are still worn more than 30 years after her death in 1971, aged 87.

She was born Gabrielle Bonheur Chanel in the town of Saumur, in the Loire Valley. She adopted the name “Coco” early in her car*eer. She once explained that the name was nothing more than a shortened version of “coquette” (the French word for “kept woman”) a small joke at her own expense.

Coco was illegitimate, the daughter of an itinerant salesman and a washerwoman. Her mother, Jeanne Devolle, died of tuberculosis when Coco was 12 and her father disappeared shortly afterwards. The child was sent to a Roman Catholic orphanage where she was taught the trade of a seamstress.

She took to it with great enthusiasm and displayed great flair at designs and intricate work. At 18 Coco wanted to see the outside world and was given work by a tailor. She was a small, dark-haired, pretty girl, with a vivacious manner. It was not too long before she caught the eye of playboy and millionaire Etienne Balsan, who lavished money and gifts on her. It was her first taste of the high life she would enjoy for the rest of her days.

While living with Balsan, she started designing hats and realised there was a wide world of possibilities for her. Not only did she dump the hapless Balsan, she also took over his apartment in Paris. In 1913 she opened her first shop, selling a range of fashionable raincoats and jackets, but the venture did not flourish and went out of business.

Such a setback, though, hardly discouraged the determined Coco. She took up with Balsan’s best friend, millionaire Englishman Arthur “Boy” Capel. With his financial backing, she opened a second hat shop in Brittany and soon her designs were being worn by leading French actresses. Encouraged by her success, Coco introduced a women’s sportswear range that attracted great interest. Soon, members of the aristocracy and wives of diplomats were flocking to buy her dresses and designs.

Almost at once, her simple, yet elegant designs began to alter the way women of style looked and dressed. She urged them to cut their hair and discard corsets in favour of loose-fitting sweaters, blazers, knit skirts, trench coats and the Little Black Dress. She was so successful that she paid Capel back in full, just four years after he had set her up.

Throughout the Twenties her status grew, not only as a leading fashion designer but also as a socialite. Her growing fame soon made her one of the “in crowd” of Paris. She began mixing with the likes of Picasso, the Russian ballet impresario Sergei Diaghilev, film maker Jean Cocteau and composer Stravinsky. She was, by now, an extremely rich woman but she was also a generous one.

It was during this decade that Coco worked on the product that would ensure her immortality. She had become the mistress of the Russian Grand Duke Dimitri and through him she met Ernest Beaux, a perfumier whose father had worked for the Czar. The Russian was working on a new essence for leading perfume maker François Coty and, after sampling the scent, Coco made a few suggestions. Then, cleverly, she convinced Beaux to give the whole thing to her, which he did.

In 1924 she released it as Chanel No5, the first scent to bear a designer’s name. It was advertised as “a very improper perfume for nicely brought-up ladies”. It was sold in an Art Deco bottle and was liquid gold.

Coco’s fame continued to grow throughout the Thirties, but with the coming of the Second World War, that fame would be greatly threatened. When the Nazis marched into Paris, she res*ponded by closing down her business and, to the horror of employees and friends, becoming involved with a Nazi officer, Hans Gunther von Dincklage, 13 years her junior. In return, he allowed her to continue living, mostly with him, in the Ritz.
During those years she sought to contact Sir Winston Churchill but she later found herself arrested in Paris for alleged war crimes. However, the charges proved to be without substance. Even so, her reputation had been deeply damaged because of her association with Dincklage, not to mention the fact that she lived well and without privation during the occupation.
Correctly sensing that there was hatred for her, Coco moved to Switzerland in 1945. She returned to Paris nine years later but Parisians had long memories and her business floundered because of lack of interest and anger over her relationship with the Nazi.

Her business was saved by Americans, however, who ignored her wartime activities and became her most devoted buyers. Although she took many lovers, she viewed men as mere objects. She had been deeply damaged when her father ran away and she never forgave men for that.

Coco Chanel was a trailblazer who gave no quarter in her struggle to reach the top but, above all, she understood her job: to sell clothes.


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I just saw Coco Avant Chanel. It was wonderful And Audrey Tautou was so good in it.

I was wondering if anyone knows if they bent the facts a little or if it is completley accurate. Thank you!

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^ Well, it's hard to tell...So many of the books about her contradict one another about dates and events-and of course she made a point of lying to journalists all throughout her life! Records are nearly non-existent from her early days and the few who spoke of her when they were alive often told different things about her, so that we may never know the true story...

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It’s official, if you want to meet a man then dowse yourself with Chanel No.5. We all know women love it, but it’s now been revealed that it’s the perfume most likely to attract a date and one in 10 women even met ‘the one’ when wearing it (according to a Superdrug survey of 3,000 women!) That’s some ‘pulling’ power for one bottle of perfume, but then Chanel No.5 isn’t just any perfume, it’s been the bestselling fragrance in the world since the late 1920s.

So what is it about No.5? We offer our five favourite facts about the world’s most famous perfume..

1. In 1954, when a journalist asked her what she wore to bed, Marilyn Monroe answered, 'Just a few drops of No.5,' and the fragrance became legendary.

2. Considered as a 20th-century icon, the bottle was added to the permanent collections of the New York Museum of Modern Art in 1959, and a few years later, it was immortalised in a series of nine silk-screens prints by painter Andy Warhol.

3. Mademoiselle Chanel instructed No.5’s creator, Ernest Beaux, a Russian perfumier, that she wanted 'a women’s fragrance that smells like women.' Coco chose the 5th formulation he offered her – and the No.5 label on the bottle remained.

4. According to Chanel sources, the mysterious, precious formula for the greatest success in perfumery is 'well-guarded in the silence of a safe' in a secret location.

5. This year, Audrey Tatou became the newest face of the world’s most famous perfume, taking over from Nicole Kidman. Previous No.5 muses have included Candice Bergen, Suzy Parker, Ali McGraw, Lauren Hutton, Jean Shrimpton, Cheryl Tiegs, Catherine Deneuve, Carole Bouquet, and Estella Warren.

We’re sure none of these women would ever need any help in finding a date, but if they ever did, it seems that No.5 is the one…

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Interesting..actually, the prices are not as high as I would have thought...

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Interesting..actually, the prices are not as high as I would have thought...

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Those dresses are lovely! I would have expected for them to have gone at a much higher price as well.

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