Monday, October 12, 2009

Coco Before Chanel

"Coco Before Chanel" is a biopic of fashion designer Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel, played by Audrey Tautou (pictured above) before she became an icon. The film begins depicting her life as a french orphan. She falls in love with french millionaire Etienne Balsan who helped her start her fashion empire.  Coco spent countless hours sewing her own clothes.  Back in the 20th Century, women wore corsets and other highly structured clothes that they could barely move around in.  Coco Chanel changed the face of fashion by designing "men-inspired" fashions out of her boyfriend's clothes like sailor shirts, trousers, tweed jackets.  She also designed women's fashions out of wool jersey material which was typically used in men's underwear.  Coco Chanel eventually went on to become a legendary couturier.


Coco Chanel was also known for piling on tons of fake jewelry, like faux pearls, on top of her clothing.

Here is a young Coco Chanel wearing one of her early designs

Everyone is familiar with the famous Coco Chanel logo that is often times imitated in knock-off fashions.

Her Chanel No. 5 perfume is the number one selling fragrance in the world

Here are some of my favorite famous quotes by Coco Chanel:

“Fashion fades, only style remains the same.” 

“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.”

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

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

“A woman is closest to being naked when she is well dressed.”
"Coco Before Chanel" is already playing in select theaters in California and New York.  Check here for release dates in your city.

Check out the official movie trailer:

For all of my readers in the Atlanta area, there will be a "free" private screening this Thursday, October 15th:

There will be a  Champagne Soiree from 5:30 - 7:00pm at W Atlanta Buckhead and the actual screening will take place at 7:30pm at AMC Phipps Plaza.  Hurry! Hurry! You must RSVP no later than Wednesday, October 14.  Send your RSVP to  The RSVP is good for you and 1 guest.  Hope to see you there!


1 comment:

Yakini said...

Wow, she is just so fabulous. I love her quotes.