Friday, 10 May 2013

Coco Chanel: "Once upon a time"



Coco Chanel, born August 19, 1883, in Saumur, France, is famous for her timeless designs, trademark suits, and little black dresses. After her mother’s death, Chanel was put in an orphanage by her father who worked as a peddler. She was raised by nuns who taught her how to sew—a skill that would lead to her life’s work. Her nickname came from another occupation entirely. During her brief career as a singer, Chanel performed in clubs in Vichy and Moulins where she was called “Coco.” Some say that the name comes from one of the songs she used to sing, and Chanel herself said that it was a “shortened version of cocotte, the French word for ‘kept woman,” according to an article in The Atlantic.


Around the age of 20, Chanel became involved with Etienne Balsan who offered to help her start a millinery business in Paris. She soon left him for one of his even wealthier friends, Arthur “Boy” Capel. (After his death in a car accident she struggle to come back to normal life. He was the love of her life) 
Both men were instrumental in Chanel’s first fashion venture.
Opening her first shop on Paris’s Rue Cambon in 1910, Chanel started out selling hats. She later added stores in Deauville and Biarritz and began making clothes. Her first taste of clothing success came from a dress she fashioned out of an old jersey on a chilly day. In response to the many people who asked about where she got the dress, she offered to make one for them. “My fortune is built on that old jersey that I’d put on because it was cold in Deauville,” she once told author Paul Morand.

A lot more details from her life you can find out in the book "Chanel: An Intimate Life by Lisa Chaney"  It's very intrigue and so exciting.



"In orer to be irreplaceable one must always be different." 

Portrait of Mademoiselle Chanel by Douglas Kirkland
Circa 1960  

"Fashion is not simply a matter of clothes. Fashion is in the air, born upon the wind. One intuits it. It is in the sky and on the road." 

Gabrielle Chanel with short hair
Circa 1920 

"Fashion passes, style remains."

Gabrielle Chanel working on a model for her first collection in 1954
1954 


"'Where should one use perfume?' a young woman asked. 'Wherever one wants to be kissed,' I said." 

Gabrielle Chanel in her suite at the Ritz hotel in Paris. Published in Harper's Bazaar in 1937, this photo was chosen for the Chanel No.5 advertisement. For the first time, Chanel herself promoted her perfume
1937 




"A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous." 

Gabrielle Chanel photographed by Cecil Beaton. Her dress inspired Karl Lagerfeld, who recreated it in gold lace embroidered with multicolored sequins for the Spring/Summer 1996 Haute Couture collection
1937 





"Dress shabbily and they remember the dress; dress impeccably and they remember the woman." 

Portrait of Mademoiselle Chanel by Horst
1937 

"I don't understand how a woman can leave the house without fixing herself up a little - if only out of politeness. And then, you never know, maybe that's the day she has a date with destiny. And it's best to be as pretty as possible for destiny." 

Gabrielle Chanel and the Grand Duke Dimitri Pavlovitch, nephew of the Russian csar Nicolas II of Russia
1920  






"Fashion has become a joke. The designers have forgotten that there are women inside the dresses. Most women dress for men and want to be admired. But they must also be able to move, to get into a car without bursting their seams! Clothes must have a natural shape." 

Mademoiselle Chanel wearing a jersey suit in Biarritz
1928 

Coco Chanel died on January 10, 1971, at her apartment in the Hotel Ritz. She never married, having once said “I never wanted to weigh more heavily on a man than a bird.” Hundreds crowded together at the Church of the Madeleine to bid farewell to the fashion icon. In tribute, many of the mourners wore Chanel suits.
A little more than a decade after her death, designer Karl Lagerfeld took the reins at her company to continue the Chanel legacy. Today her namesake company continues to thrive and is believed to generate hundreds of millions in sales each year.
In addition to the longevity of her designs, Chanel’s life story continues to captivate people’s attention. 


Here is short move about Coco created by Karl Lagerfeld. It's been 100 years since the opening the first Chanel boutique. Short film starring Keira Knightley, who was chosen by Lagerfeld to be the face of Coco Mademoiselle. Co-starring Clotilde Hesme and Brad Kroening among others.




Have a good weekend
Lots of Love
Ewelina
xxx

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Source: vogue & www.biography.com


54 comments:

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  3. I really enjoyed reading this post! She is just amazing!

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    1. She had very interesting life. She knew so many artists
      Thx for your lovely comment xxx
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    1. You are welcome girl. I have to agree Chanel is, or was a special lady:-)

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  7. She was a really a big and amazing women. Have a nice day.

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  8. Congrats for this post ladies. Well written and a great presentation of Madomoiselle Coco.
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  9. inspiring woman!
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    1. She was very career driven, but yeah she is inspiring woman;-)

      Ewelina
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  10. She must have been a really gorgeous lady!
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    1. I've seen her pictures when she was young and she was very pretty:-)

      Ewelina
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  11. good to know more about her :D i like her fashion ;D

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  12. Amazing pics! Just fabulous:)

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  13. What a legend !
    very inspiring post :)
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    1. Yeah, she is a big legend in the fashion world:-)

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  14. Love Coco history and love her style!
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    1. She was a very interesting character:-)

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  15. Love this so Coco is the best ever! shallwe follow> let me know XSE
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  16. Oh my goodness I am in love with this post
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  18. Lovely it's realy beautiful post .........

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  19. I've also enjoyed films "Coco avant Chanel" with Audrey Tautou and "Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky" with Anna Mouglalis. Have you seen them?
    Also I believe that “Coco” was the name of the dog she was singing about :)

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    1. nie ogladalam tego filmu. Za pewne jest bardzo ciekawy. Coco jest bardzo barwna postacia;-) I masz racje co do jej "ksywki"

      Buziole
      Ewelina
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  20. Amazins post!!!

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  21. This was so interesting, I really enjoyed reading it! Love her quotes!
    Thanks for commenting on my blog :)

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  22. Great selection of pictures! Love them all, specially number 3 :D

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    1. Thank you Maria:-)
      Have a good weekend
      Ewelina

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  23. she is the best woman ever! Xjes
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