Gabrielle ‘Coco’ Chanel 1883-1971

Malta Independent - - LIFESTYLE ON SATURDAY -

Chanel rev­o­lu­tionised women’s fash­ions in the 1920s with her ca­sual, lib­er­at­ing de­signs which in­cluded the orig­i­nal ‘lit­tle black dress’. Beaton pho­tographed her at her couture house in rue Cam­bon, Paris at the height of her ca­reer in the 1930s. She re­tired the year af­ter this por­trait was taken but made a suc­cess­ful come­back in 1954. Beaton later de­signed the award-win­ning cos­tumes and sets for the Broad­way mu­si­cal ‘Coco’ (1969) which starred Katharine Hep­burn in the ti­tle role. Chanel said that ‘the point of jew­ellery isn’t to make a woman look rich but to adorn her—not the same thing’. Here she is shown wear­ing Ver­dura cuffs.

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