"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."
“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