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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Chanel, brown leather Combat boots, calfskin, with lace up front and side zip, cap toe and knit tweed gaiter, marked 'Chanel, made in Italy', with original dustbags, euro size 40

A pair of shoes by Chanel, styled in black satin, with black beading detail to the front, labelled size 38, with box

Chanel two pairs of Ballerina flat shoes size 38 and 38 1/2

A pair of shoes by Chanel, styled in cream and black leather with silver metal Chanel monogram, labelled size 38, with box

Pair of Chanel beige and red leather mules, with lace up detail to vamp, red CC insignia to toe and shaped wooden heel, size 35, pair of dust bags and original box

Pair of black Chanel flat shoes, with Chanel insignia to patent leather toe, size 36.5C, with a pair of Chanel dust bags and original box

Pair of black leather pointed toe Chanel boots, with short stilleto heel and buckle detailing over toe with CC buttons, zipping up the back of heel, size 38.5

Pair of black leather Chanel court shoes, with elastic trim, leather covered heel, in individual dust bags, size 38

Chanel, tall riding black leather riding boots, in black leather with embellished and jewelled gold ankle bracket depicting a lion, complete with original dustbag and box, labelled Chanel made in Paris, size 39

A pair of high heel sandals by Chanel, styled in mottled brown patent leather, size 40 1/2

Chanel, tall black leather riding boots, in black leather with embellished and jeweled gold ankle bracket depicting a lion, complete with original dustbags and box, labelled Chanel made in Paris size 39

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