Learn about Chanel, Coco

Coco Chanel (1883 – 1971) opened a millinery shop in Paris in 1909 and went on to launch her own couture houses in Paris, Deauville and Biarritz. From humble origins, she became one of the greatest icons of fashion in the 20th century.

The creator of the little black dress and Chanel No. 5, Chanel pioneered a new style of women’s clothes, combining simplicity and comfort with elegance, to create an unmistakable style which had a great influence over the fashions of the 1920s and 30s.

Her innovations in costume jewellery were introduced through her Paris salon, where she opened a boutique specializing in accessories and jewellery.

Instead of copying the style of fine jewellery, her costume jewellery was designed specifically to reflect the elegant simplicity of her clothes and to compliment and ‘finish’ an outfit.

The simple but effective use of multiple strings of faux pearls with a black pullover epitomises this style. Other key pieces for Chanel include gold tone chains, pate-de-verre jewellery from Maison Gripoix and classic Maltese cross cuffs designed by Verdura. more...

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A handbag by Chanel, styled in fuschia quilted tweed fabric with silver metal hardware and woven chain shoulder strap, 25, 16 x 6 cm, boxed

A belt by Chanel, styled with Chanel charms in gilt metal, total length 92 cm

A silk scarf by Chanel, styled with jewels and flowers on a dark green background, 86 cm square

A pair of earrings by Chanel, of carved circular form with central 'CC' monogram, in gilt metal to clip fittings

A pair of earrings by Chanel, of knot design, with central 'CC' monogram, in gilt metal to clip fittings

A coin purse by Chanel, in quilted black leather, boxed

A belt by Chanel, styled in leather and grosgrain with a paste set silver metal buckle, boxed, total length 88 cm

A pair of earrings by Chanel, with central 'CC' monogram, in gilt metal to clip fittings

A phone case by Chanel, styled in pony skin and pink leather with woven leather and chain shoulder strap, 6903152, 6 x 8 x 2.5 cm

A vintage briefcase by Chanel, styled in black quilted leather with gold metal hardware, 37 x 28 cm

A necklace by Chanel, the multi-strand necklace with 'CC' monograms in gilt metal, boxed

A handbag by Chanel, styled in black textured leather with conforming handle and gold metal hardware, having a stitched 'CC' monogram, 26 x 32 x 6 cm

A vintage faux pearl drop necklace by Chanel, the faux Baroque pearl, suspended from a heavy gilt metal chain, total length 440mm

A handbag by Chanel, styled in black quilted leather with gold metal hardware and woven leather chain strap, 19428898, authenticity card included, 23 x 14 x 6 cm

A two piece suit by Chanel, the classic black and white silk blend suit comprising skirt and double breasted jacket, P47857V34876, M9338, labelled size 38

A pair of earrings by Chanel, the lozenge shaped earrings with enamelled 'Chanel 31 rue Cambon Paris', in gilt metal to clip fittings

A belt by Chanel, styled with woven black leather and gold metal chain and 'CC' monogram medallions, total length 102 cm

A pair of earrings by Chanel, styled with 'Chanel 31 Rue Cambon' and central 'CC' monogram, in gilt metal to clip fittings

A beaded necklace by Chanel, comprising yellow tone beads and faux pearls, styled in silver metal to a parrot clasp, total length 1000mm

A handbag by Chanel, styled in black quilted leather with faux pearl 'CC' monogram clasp, having a multi-strand gold metal and faux pearl handle, 15 x 26 x 6 cm, boxed

A pair of paste set earrings by Chanel, of cluster design, in silver metal to post fittings, boxed

A pair of paste set earrings by Chanel, of circular drop design, in gilt metal to clip fittings

A petite shopping tete by Chanel, styled in quilted beige caviar leather with monogram front and short leather and gilt metal chain straps, 11424415, authenticity card included, boxed

A brooch by Chanel, styled with faux pearl and synthetic stones in silver metal

A necklace by Chanel, styled in gilt metal with coloured paste and embossed charms, boxed

A belt by Chanel, of woven cream leather chain design, with signature charm, in gilt metal, total length 76 cm

A brooch by Chanel, of spiral form, centrally set with 'CC' monogram, in gilt metal

A handbag by Chanel, styled in black quilted leather with gold metal hardware and monogram 'CC' clasp, 32 x 29 x 12 cm

A gem-set necklace by Chanel, the fancy link necklace in gilt metal, set with red beads, total length 1720mm

A pair of earrings by Chanel, of quilted design with central 'CC' monogram, in gilt metal to clip fittings

A pair of earrings by Chanel, styled with faux pearls, in gilt metal to clip fittings, 2.8 cm diameter

A belt by Chanel, styled in black leather with a faux pearl and silver metal floral design clasp, total length 99 cm

A handbag by Chanel, styled in quilted black caviar leather with woven leather chain metal strap and silver metal hardware, authenticity card included 11651309, 16 x 13 x 7 cm, boxed

An umbrella by Chanel, the portable umbrella in cream and black

A pair of earrings by Chanel, styled with enamelled 'Coco Chanel', in gilt metal to clip fittings

A faux pearl choker by Chanel, of multi-strand design in silver metal, boxed

A brooch by Chanel, the paste set brooch in silver metal in a floral design with 'CC' monogram, 6 cm diameter, boxed

Chanel, Stretch spirit Pumps, black lambskin leather with rounded cap toe and covered heels, embroidered interlocking 'CC' detail, elasticised trim, stamped 'Chanel, made in Italy', with original dustbag and box, size 39, heel height 5.5 cm

Chanel, ankle strap Heels, spring collection 2013, black grosgrain silk pointed cap toe and covered heels, pvc trim and ankle strap, embroidered interlocking 'CC' detail, stamped 'Chanel, made in Italy, euro size 38

Chanel, Boucle jacket, with panelled shoulders, two breast pockets and single button down closure, fringing to collar, lapels and sleeve cuffs, made in France, labelled 'Chanel Boutique', minor stain to front, size euro 36

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