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Coco Chanel

Birthdate: 19. August 1883
Date of death: 10. January 1971
Other names: Coco Chanelová

Gabrielle Bonheur "Coco" Chanel was a French fashion designer and businesswoman. The founder and namesake of the Chanel brand, she was credited in the post-World War I era with liberating women from the constraints of the "corseted silhouette" and popularizing a sporty, casual chic as the feminine standard of style. A prolific fashion creator, Chanel extended her influence beyond couture clothing, realizing her design aesthetic in jewellery, handbags, and fragrance. Her signature scent, Chanel No. 5, has become an iconic product. She is the only fashion designer listed on Time magazine's list of the 100 most influential people of the 20th century. Chanel herself designed her famed interlocked-CC monogram, which has been in use since the 1920s.Chanel's social connections encouraged a conservative personal outlook. Rumors arose about Chanel's activities during the German occupation of France during World War II, and she was criticized for being too close to the German occupiers. This boosted her professional career: One of Chanel's liaisons was with a German diplomat, Baron Hans Günther von Dincklage. After the war, Chanel was interrogated about her relationship with von Dincklage, but she was not charged as a collaborator due to intervention by Churchill. After several post-war years in Switzerland, she returned to Paris and revived her fashion house. In 2011, Hal Vaughan published a book about Chanel based on newly declassified documents, revealing that she had collaborated directly with the Nazi intelligence service, the Sicherheitsdienst. One plan in late-1943 was for her to carry an SS peace overture to British Prime Minister Winston Churchill to end the war.

Quotes Coco Chanel

„Nothing is ugly as long as it is alive.“

—  Coco Chanel

As quoted in Coco Chanel : Her Life, Her Secrets (1971) by Marcel Haedrich

„Youth is something very new: Twenty years ago no one mentioned it.“

—  Coco Chanel

As quoted in Coco Chanel : Her Life, Her Secrets (1971)

„Fashion is architecture. It is a matter of proportions.“

—  Coco Chanel

As quoted in Coco Chanel : Her Life, Her Secrets (1971) by Marcel Haedrich

„I have said that black has it all. White too. Their beauty is absolute. It is the perfect harmony.“

—  Coco Chanel

As quoted in Chanel (1987) by Jean Leymarie
Context: Women think of all colors except the absence of color. I have said that black has it all. White too. Their beauty is absolute. It is the perfect harmony.

„The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud.“

—  Coco Chanel

As quoted in Believing in Ourselves (1992) by Armand Eisen, p. 39

„In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different.“

—  Coco Chanel

As quoted in Coco Chanel : Her Life, Her Secrets (1971) by Marcel Haedrich

„A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous.“

—  Coco Chanel

As quoted in The Gospel According to Coco Chanel : Life Lessons from the World's Most Elegant Woman (2009) by Karen Karbo

„As long as you know that most men are like children, you know everything.“

—  Coco Chanel

As quoted in Thinking Through the Essay (1986) by Judith Barker-Sandbrook and Neil Graham, p. 158

„Don't spend time beating on a wall, hoping to transform it into a door.“

—  Coco Chanel

As quoted in You've Got Style : Your Personal Guide for Relating to Others‎ (2000) by Robert Rohm , p. 29
Variant: Don't spend time beating on a wall, hoping to transform it into a door.

„Fashion fades, only style remains the same.“

—  Coco Chanel

As quoted in Architectural Digest (September 1994), p. 30

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„How many cares one loses when one decides not to be something, but to be someone.“

—  Coco Chanel

As quoted in Contemporary Quotations‎ (1954) by James Beasley Simpson

„Ask me who I don't dress!“

—  Coco Chanel

When asked who she dressed, as quoted in Paris, Paris : Journey Into the City of Light‎ (2005) by David Downie, p. 93

„In 1919 I woke up famous. I'd never guessed it. If I'd known I was famous, I'd have stolen away and wept. I was stupid. I was supposed to be intelligent. I was sensitive and very dumb.“

—  Coco Chanel

As quoted in Coco Chanel : Her Life, Her Secrets (1971), p. 95
In 1919 I woke up famous and with a new friend who was to give its full meaning to my success.
Statement to Salvador Dalí, about herself and her friendship with Misia Sert, as quoted in The Persistence of Memory : A Biography of Dali (1992) by Meredith Etherington-Smith

„I was a rebellious child, a rebellious lover, a rebellious couturière — a real devil.“

—  Coco Chanel

As quoted in Paris, Paris : Journey Into the City of Light‎ (2005) by David Downie, p. 93

„Success is often achieved by those who don't know that failure is inevitable.“

—  Coco Chanel

As quoted in Believing in Ourselves (1992) by Armand Eisen, p. 15

„He will soon be claiming that the Resistance has liberated the world“

—  Coco Chanel

On Charles De Gaulle from the 1944 interview with, the then MI6 agent, Malcolm Muggeridge. Read the full interview here http://www.chanel-muggeridge.co.uk/the-1944-chanel-muggeridge-interview/.

„The best colour in the whole world is the one that looks good on you.“

—  Coco Chanel

As quoted in Beauty in Bloom : A Collection of Beautiful Inspirations‎ (2009) by Natalie Bloom, p. 23

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