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Wikipedia Summary for Coco Chanel

Gabrielle Bonheur "Coco" Chanel ( SHA-nəll; 19 August 1883 – 10 January 1971) 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 popularizing a sporty, casual chic as the feminine standard of style, replacing the "corseted silhouette" that was dominant beforehand. She is the only fashion designer listed on Time magazine's list of the 100 most influential people of the 20th century. 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, and Chanel herself designed her famed interlocked-CC monogram, which has been in use since the 1920s.

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 to boost her professional career: One of Chanel's liaisons was with a German diplomat, Baron (Freiherr) 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.

I don't understand how a woman can leave the house without fixing herself up a little -- if only out of politeness. And then, you never know, maybe that s the day she has a date with destiny. And it s best to be as pretty as possible for destiny.

--Coco Chanel

Dress like you're going to meet your worst enemy today.

--Coco Chanel

I like fashion to go down to the street, but I can't accept that it should originate there.

--Coco Chanel

Wear perfume wherever you want to be kissed.

--Coco Chanel

Longer Version:

Wear perfume wherever you want to be kissed!


I don't care what you think about me; I don't think about you at all!

--Coco Chanel

Keep your heels, head, and standards high.

--Coco Chanel

When putting on accessories, take off the last thing you've put on.

--Coco Chanel

I simply value Arthur Capel friendship. And even so, he knows very little about me.

--Coco Chanel

For a woman betrayal has no sense -- one cannot betray one's passions.

--Coco Chanel

Winston Churchill is a dandy and a visionary. Unfortunately, in winning wars, principles are inevitably debased. That's politics.

--Coco Chanel

A women needs ropes and ropes of pearls.

--Coco Chanel

Some people pursue unhappiness because happiness is too mild a sensation.

--Coco Chanel

One can get used to ugliness, but never to negligence.

--Coco Chanel

Creativity is the art of concealing your sources.

--Coco Chanel

Coquetry, it's a triumph of the spirit over the senses.

--Coco Chanel

Traveling is so complicated. There are so many people everywhere. I make my best journeys on my couch.

--Coco Chanel

I have steadfastly refused to make concessions that would undermine my ideals.

--Coco Chanel

An elegant woman should be able to do her marketing without making housewives laugh. Those who laugh are always right.

--Coco Chanel

It is best to be as pretty as possible for destiny.

--Coco Chanel

I'm for style -- fashions change too often.

--Coco Chanel

Chanel is above all a style. Fashion passes, style remains.

--Coco Chanel

I imposed black; it still going strong today, for black wipes out everything else around.

--Coco Chanel

My heart has always leaned towards England, and with the close friendship of Winston Churchill, the hero who brought hope to the world, I could not imagine a happier life for myself.

--Coco Chanel

A style does not go out of style as long as it adapts itself to its period.

--Coco Chanel

Longer Version:

A style does not go out of style as long as it adapts itself to its period. When there is an incompatibility between the style and a certain state of mind, it is never the style that triumphs.


In the act of deciding what to eliminate, you place value on what's left behind.

--Coco Chanel

If my boy had perished in a Nazi compound, I could never have gone on living. I would have killed myself.

--Coco Chanel

My life didn't please me, so I created my life.

--Coco Chanel

The age of a woman is not important: you can be wonderful in your 20's, amazing in your 40's and stay fabulous for the rest of your life.

--Coco Chanel

People laughed at the way I dressed, but that was the secret of my success. I didn't look like anyone.

--Coco Chanel

I am no longer what I was. I will remain what I have become.

--Coco Chanel

True generosity means accepting ingratitude.

--Coco Chanel

Why am I so determined to put the shoulder where it belongs? Women have very round shoulders that push forward slightly; this touches me and I say: 'One must not hide that!' Then someone tells you: 'The shoulder is on the back'. I have never seen women with shoulders on their backs.

--Coco Chanel

Fashion: a beautiful thing that becomes ugly. Art: an ugly thing that becomes beautiful.

--Coco Chanel

In truth, women are the strong ones.

--Coco Chanel

A young lady ought to be two things: tasteful and breathtaking.

--Coco Chanel

A dress made right should allow one to walk, to dance, even to ride horseback.

--Coco Chanel

After a fashion, they did, mingling the sale of perfumes with anti-Nazi propaganda. In the event, my tirelessly publicised determination to wrest back control of the business neutralised most of the adverse repercussions on me from an unwilling association with their propaganda.

--Coco Chanel

I consider lace to be one of the prettiest imitations ever made of the fantasy of nature.

--Coco Chanel

Longer Version:

I consider lace to be one of the prettiest imitations ever made of the fantasy of nature; lace always evokes for me those incomparable designs which the branches and leaves of trees embroider across the sky, and I do not think that any invention of the human spirit could have a more graceful or precise origin.


One should refrain from contempt for the baser specimens of humanity, for whom liberation amounts to shaving the heads of women who have slept with Germans.

--Coco Chanel

A woman's education consists of two lessons: never leave the house without stocking, never go out without a hat.

--Coco Chanel

Everyone marries the Duke of Westminster. There are a lot of duchesses, but only one Coco Chanel.

--Coco Chanel

I remember confuting one of Westminster's favourite maxims, better the devil you know than the devil you don't. In the annals of popular wisdom, this is one of the most cretinous sayings I have come across.

--Coco Chanel

As extended as you know most males are like young children, you understand all the things.

--Coco Chanel

Yves Saint Laurent is a young man of excellent taste; the more he copies me the more taste he displays.

--Coco Chanel

A beautiful dress may look beautiful on a hanger, but that means nothing. It must be seen on the shoulders, with the movement of the arms, the legs, and the waist.

--Coco Chanel

I wanted to give a woman comfortable clothes that would flow with her body. A woman is closest to being naked when she is well-dressed.

--Coco Chanel

A woman is closest to being naked when she is well-dressed.

--Coco Chanel

It is the unseen, unforgettable, ultimate accessory of fashion that heralds your arrival and prolongs your departure.

--Coco Chanel

Fashion has two purposes: comfort and love. Beauty comes when fashion succeeds.

--Coco Chanel

J'aime la vie! I feel that to live is a wonderful thing.

--Coco Chanel

I invented my life because I wasn't pleased with it.

--Coco Chanel

The best accessory for a woman -- handsome man!

--Coco Chanel

There are rich people, and there are those who have money. They are not the same people.

--Coco Chanel

No elegance is possible without perfume. It is the unseen, unforgettable, ultimate accessory.

--Coco Chanel

Good manners on a man are like wearing an exquisite suit. They never go out of style.

--Coco Chanel

Beauty Should Begin in the Heart and Soul, otherwise cosmetics are useless.

--Coco Chanel

With four pairs of shoes I can travel the world.

--Coco Chanel

It's not the appearance, it's the essence. It's not the money, it's the education. It's not the clothes, it's the class.

--Coco Chanel

If you are sad, If you are heartbroken, make yourself up, dress up, add more lipstick and attack. Men hate women who weep.

--Coco Chanel

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

--Coco Chanel

A woman can be over dressed but never over elegant.

--Coco Chanel

To achieve great things, we must first dream.

--Coco Chanel

Dress shabbily and they remember the dress; dress impeccably and they remember the woman.

--Coco Chanel

You live but once; you might as well be amusing.

--Coco Chanel

Men always remember a woman who caused them concern and uneasiness.

--Coco Chanel

There is a time for work, and a time for love. That leaves no other time.

--Coco Chanel

When I find a colour darker than black, I'll wear it. But until then, I'm wearing black!

--Coco Chanel

There are no ugly women, only lazy.

--Coco Chanel

Caring about beauty, it is necessary to start with the heart and soul, otherwise no makeup will not help.

--Coco Chanel

A woman who cuts her hair is about to change her life.

--Coco Chanel

Adornment, what a science! Beauty, what a weapon! Modesty, what elegance!

--Coco Chanel

Elegance comes from being as beautiful inside as outside.

--Coco Chanel

Elegance is not the prerogative of those who have just escaped from adolescence, but of those who have already taken possession of their future.

--Coco Chanel

Fashion is in the sky, in the street.

--Coco Chanel

Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only.

--Coco Chanel

Longer Version:

Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.


A woman with good shoes i never ugly!

--Coco Chanel

My reason for choosing diamonds is that, dense as they are, they represent the greatest worth in the smallest volume.

--Coco Chanel

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

--Coco Chanel

Youth is something very new: twenty years ago no one mentioned it.

--Coco Chanel

Perfume heralds a woman's arrival and prolongs her departure.

--Coco Chanel

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

--Coco Chanel

Guilt is perhaps the most painful companion of death.

--Coco Chanel

The best things in life are free. The second best are very expensive.

--Coco Chanel

You can be gorgeous at thirty, charmimg at forty, and irresistible for the rest of your life.

--Coco Chanel

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.

--Coco Chanel

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

--Coco Chanel

Fashion changes, but style endures.

--Coco Chanel

My friends, there are no friends.

--Coco Chanel

Nature gives you the face you have at twenty; it is up to you to merit the face you have at fifty.

--Coco Chanel

There have been several Duchesses of Westminster but there is only one Chanel!

--Coco Chanel

Those who create are rare; those who cannot are numerous. Therefore, the latter are stronger.

--Coco Chanel

I am not young but I feel young. The day I feel old, I will go to bed and stay there. J'aime la vie! I feel that to live is a wonderful thing.

--Coco Chanel

Women must tell men always that they are the strong ones. They are the big, the strong, the wonderful. In truth, women are the strong ones. It is just my opinion, I am not a professor.

--Coco Chanel

Fashion is made to become unfashionable.

--Coco Chanel

Fashion is always of the time in which you live. It is not something standing alone. But the grand problem, the most important problem, is to rejeuvenate women. To make women look young. Then their outlook changes. They feel more joyous.

--Coco Chanel

It is always better to be slightly underdressed.

--Coco Chanel

Gentleness doesn't get work done unless you happen to be a hen laying eggs.

--Coco Chanel

Fashion is architecture: it is a matter of proportions.

--Coco Chanel

Great loves too must be endured.

--Coco Chanel

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