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.


  1. What happened to her sisters and Aunt Adrianne?
    I read Julie was slightly retarded got pregnant by a man gave birth then died at 32. The baby went to a convent.
    Then her younger sister Antoinette married moved to Canada then ran off with a younger man to Argentina where she died of an epidemic of Spanish flu. But who knows. What do you know about the girls?
    Oh then Adrienne, I read she died before she was forty of tuberculosis.

  2. Thank you for this fascinating history of Chanel. You have really brought her history to life!