Gabrielle Chanel

Before she was a vintage Style Icon Mademoiselle Coco Chanel, struggled her way through life and made it.

1925 - Chanel, Madame Misia (Godebska Natanson) Sert and Mme Philippe Berthelot - Lido Beach, Venice -.  Misia Sert, it seems was a huge influence on Coco -  which Coco would deny in later life as her stories about her younger years became more fabricated.

Coco Chanel, Misia Sert And Mme Philippe Berthelot On The Beach, Lido, Venice, 1925

Coco with her incredible sense of fashion and her unstoppable confidence.


Breaking The Rules  When Coco Chanel designed the 1st 'little black dress' in 1926 she broke all the fashion rules. Until then, black was only worn when by nuns or in mourning.  Coco revolutionized the fashion world. Everyone loved her. She became very slender & long,  therefore all her clients lost weight to look like her. Coco cut off all her long hair, so in turn looked like a young boy. Her clients adored it. Many of Coco's dresses, fitted for slimness, were long, with dropped…

Coco Chanel 1935 Photo by Man Ray - Verdura Maltese Cross Cuffs c. 1930 Design by Fulco di Verdura Property of Coco Chanel

Chanel with model Marie-Hélène Arnaud, photo by Paule Rizzo 1959

Coco Chanel checking the fit of this long sleeved day-dress with banded trim.with Paule Rizzo, Paris, Janvier 1959 Photo Willy Rizzo

Coco Chanel

Looking Back: Coco Chanel 1969 Standing at her favorite observation spot, Rue Cambon's spiral staircase, Chanel sports the costume jewelry and two-tone shoes the brand still produces today.

LOL  -  sense of humor = sexy!  (Black & White)

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Coco Chanel: Coco Chanel in 1937

Coco Chanel: A life on camera

As France braces itself for Cocomania, these pictures show that the spotlight has been on the fashion designer since the


Coco Chanel: Porträt einer Stil-Ikone

Coco Chanel, 1929 , originally uploaded by Gatochy . Scanned from "Decades of Fashion" by Harriet Worsley.