Coco Chanel

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With her short hair, groundbreaking style, her lovers, her lifestyle, Chanel was the epitome of what the flapper hoped to achieve, and Chanel No 5 was her scent.
Caroline YoungLiving with Coco Chanel: The homes and landscapes that shaped the designer

Coco Chanel was an eminent French fashion designer, Nazi collaborator and the founder of Chanel. Born poor, the pretty Chanel enjoyed a series of rich and powerful lovers including a Nazi intelligence officer during World War II and the Duke of Westminster, the richest man in England. - AsNotedIn

Notable Position Organization From To
Costume Designer Ballets Russes


Y/M/D Description Association Composition Place Locale Food Event
Y/M/D Description Association Composition Place Locale Food Event
1883/08/19 Gabrielle Bonheur Chanel is born to Eugenie Jeanne Devolle, a laundrywoman in the charity hospital run by the Sisters of Providence (a poorhouse) in Saumur, Maine-et-Loire, France. Born
1910/00/00 In the heart of a very fashionable part of Paris, Gabrielle Chanel opens a hat shop, Chanel Modes, at No 21 rue Cambon not far from Place Vendome and Rue Faubourg Saint-Honore, Work Coco Chanel, Paris Paris
1918/00/00 Gabrielle Chanel acquires the No 31 rue Cambon. Work Coco Chanel, Paris Paris
1920/00/00 Thinking of creating her own perfume, Coco Chanel meets perfumer Ernest Beaux in Monte Carlo. Coco wants a perfume of a blend of scents not the traditional single note of rose or Lilly of the Valley. Work Monte Carlo
1920/10/00 In the Fall of 1920, Stravinsky completes "Symphonies of Wind Instruments" at home of Coco Chanel in Garches near Paris, France. Home Symphonies of Wind Instruments
1921/00/00 With a vial of her perfume in hand, Chanel dines at an exclusive Cannes restaurant with Ernest Beaux. She sprays the scent when stylish ladies walks past. Since they seem immediately intrigued, Coco knows she has a success. Work Cannes Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur
1921/05/05 Giving Chanel No 5 to select clientele at Rue Cambon, Gabrielle Chanel invents the concept of the modern boutique by displaying fashion accessories and her first perfume to wear with her garments and hats. Later, she will add jewelry and beauty products. Innovator Coco Chanel, Paris Paris
1921/06/00 Caricaturist George Goursat, also known as SEM, creates the first artistic rendering of the perfume. Work Coco Chanel, Paris Paris
1923/00/00 Due to a lack of funds, Ballet impresario Serge Diaghilev puts a production of "The Rite of Spring" on hold. Gabrielle Chanel provides Diaghilev the money on the condition her help remains a secret. Benefactor The Rite of Spring
1923/10/00 In the autumn of 1923, Coco Chanel commissions Marie Laurencin to paint her portrait. Chanel does not appreciate the portrait and refuses to buy it from Marie. Laurencin, furious, is unwilling to paint a second portrait and keeps the original. Subject Portrait of Mademoiselle Chanel
1924/06/20 Ballets Russes's "Le Train Bleu" operetta opens. The real Blue Train takes wealthy tourist from Paris to the resorts of southern France. The ballet's characters includes a tennis player, a golf player, tarts and gigolos. Costume Designer Theatre des Champs-Elysees, Paris Paris
1927/00/00 By 1927, Chanel occupies five buildings on rue Cambon, No 23 to 31. Work Coco Chanel, Paris Paris
1929/00/00 Coco Chanel creates new costumes for Apollo Costume Designer Apollo
1937/00/00 Coco Chanel takes a suite close to her couture house located on the Rue Cambon. Ultimately staying for 34 years, she gradually incorporates her favorite furniture, such as velvet sofas, Coromandel lacquer screens and gilded mirrors. Home Hotel Ritz Paris Paris
1941/00/00 Coco Chanel begin working for Gen Walter Schellenberg, chief of the German intelligence agency Sicherheitsdienst and the military intelligence spy network Abwehr. Nazi Spy
1961/06/25 "Last Year at Marienbad " is released. Costume Designer Last Year at Marienbad
1971/01/10 Gabrielle Bonheur Chanel dies at aged 87 in her suite in the Hotel Ritz in Paris, France. Died Hotel Ritz Paris Paris
1971/01/13 Hundreds of mourners, ranging from top couturiers to models and humble seamstresses, crowd into the Madeleine Church in Paris for the funeral of Gabrielle Bonheur Chanelare, Queen of the world's fashion designers. In Memoriam L'eglise de la Madeleine Paris
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