Thursday, April 30, 2009
"Chanel and her stable of mannequins,"
Chanel and Her World
Coco in her mirror lined salon
Coco Chanel debuted her first post-war collection on February 5, 1954, at the age of 71. Critics were harsh. The French and British press said she had "lost her touch." Coco had better sense than to listen to her critics and even her business associates (who feared negative publicity might affect perfume sales).
The dresses that were so maliciously scrutinized sold better than anyone had imagined- in the United States. It took Coco Chanel one year to regain her premier position in Haute Couture. Chanel had rediscovered her raison d'etre and continued to design clothing and accessories until her natural death in 1971, at 88. The Chanel style endures today.