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Peerless Gabrielle Chanel by Douglas Kirkland

"The work of Gabrielle Chanel, with its acknowledgment of the realities of women in the 20th century, was an elegantly conceptualized modernism," said Harold Koda, Curator in Charge of The Costume Institute. "In creating a wardrobe for herself, Chanel invented an idea of the new woman. The bare facts of Chanel's life—deprived of the autobiographical embellishments she evolved over time and the conjecture of others—are dramatic, but spare. Therefore it is her work, which transcended class barriers and revolutionized the ideals of dress, that is the ultimate testament to her life."

Douglas Kirkland - COCO CHANEL

“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

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Comment by Apparel1 on May 14, 2010 at 6:06am
Very nice post. If you are interested, I actually just created a Chanel group in the groups section of this site earlier this week. If you would like to join the Chanel group you are welcome to post information from your blog post their as well. At this time, the group only has two members, but it will hopefully develop as members begin to find the new group.
Comment by Sandra Alice on May 17, 2010 at 7:15pm
Thank you for sharing. She is such an inspiration.


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