Chanel. A name synonymous with feminine charm. From her tweed suits, pearl jewelry, gold-chained handbags and camellia flower imagery, Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel’s legacy commands an everlasting influence in the world of fashion even today.

Gabrielle Chanel perfume. Credit: Laura Chouette | Unsplash
Gabrielle Chanel perfume. Credit: Laura Chouette | Unsplash


Her early suit designs were highly influenced by military costumes, rooted in masculine power that dominated twentieth century fashion trends. She saw herself as a perfectionist, often stripping, cutting, and reshaping her clothes to achieve her ideal fit.


Chanel also left an indelible mark in the cinematic universe. Born around the same time as cinema came into existence, she understood the appeal of moving pictures and used the new medium to showcase her work. Dressing silver screen legends such as Greta Garbo and Marlene Dietrich, she revolutionized the female allure for generations to come.

Many famous women were chosen to be the face of the iconic Chanel No. 5 fragrance. Today, French actress Marion Cotillard occupies the position that once seen movie stars such as Nicole Kidman and Catherine Deneuve.

These videos were selected from Chanel’s own web series, Inside CHANEL, that describes the history and the greatest moments in Coco Chanel’s storied life.


Chanel Camellia. Credit: Chanel website
Chanel Camellia. Credit: Chanel website

We’ve seen the Camellia pattern stitched on the Long Flap Wallet last year. No doubt, it is one of Chanel’s most used iconography. The flower can also be found in colorful brooches, made from silk, cotton, and tweed.

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