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 silk scarf by Chanel, styled with camellias and Chanel logo on a powder pink background, 90 cm square

A silk scarf by Chanel, styled with camellias on a powder pink background, 90 cm square

A silk scarf by Chanel, styled with repeated grey chain and Chanel text on a cream background, 15 x 140 cm

A silk scarf by Chanel, styled with camellias in hot pink, 90 cm square

A sheer silk scarf by Chanel, styled with camellias on a pale pink background 130 square

A silk scarf by Chanel, styled with floral design on sheer white background, 178 x 38 cm

A silk scarf by Chanel, styled with a stylised image of Coco Chanel in green with multi-colour on a cream background, 90 cm square

A silk scarf by Chanel, with black Chanel logo on a dusty pink background, 90 cm square

A sheer silk scarf by Chanel, in a paisley, camellia and multicoloured jewelled designed, 90 cm square

A vintage silk scarf by Chanel, styled in pale pink and mauve, 80 cm square

A silk scarf by Chanel, styled in cream silk with red border and small 'Cc' motif print, 82 x 42 cm

A silk scarf by Chanel, styled in a beige, blue, black and white design 138 cm square, boxed

A silk scarf by Chanel, styled in grey, white and black floral and 'Cc' motif design on a cream background, 88 cm square, boxed

A silk scarf by Chanel, styled with white embroidered 'CC' motif design on a white background, 181 x 67 cm, boxed

A silk scarf by Chanel, styled in a beige, blue, black and white design 138 cm square, boxed

A silk scarf by Chanel, styled in black floral print on a white background, 90 cm square, boxed

A silk scarf by Chanel, styled in a black and grey floral design on white background, 86 cm square, boxed

A silk scarf by Chanel, styled in brown, white and grey floral and 'CC' motif design on a pink background, 88 cm square, boxed

A silk scarf by Chanel, styled in grey, white and black floral and 'CC' motif design on a cream background, 88 cm square, boxed

A shawl by Chanel, styled in blue cashmere silk blend with white 'CC' motif design, 130 x 136 cm

A silk scarf by Chanel, styled in cream silk with red border and small 'CC' motif print, 82 x 42 cm

A shawl by Chanel, styled in black rayon blend with 'CC' motif to one corner, 142 x 204 cm

A vintage silk scarf by Chanel, styled in pale pink and mauve, 80 cm square

A silk scarf by Chanel, styled with floral design on sheer white background, 178 x 38 cm

A silk scarf by Chanel, styled as floral design with 'CC' monogram motifs to black background, 88 cm square

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

A silk scarf by Chanel, of postage stamp design with Chanel motifs, on a mustard and dark brown background, 88 cm square.

Chanel, Cashmere scarf, cream with black border and interlocking 'CC' logo embroidery, with original box, labelled 'CHANEL, 70% Cashmere 30% silk, made in Italy', with original box, 98 x 190 cm

Chanel, silk chiffon scarf, featuring a floral design, from the Heritage collection, in original box, 95 x 95 cm

A Lesage lace stole by Chanel, the black lace stole with 'CC' and 'Chanel' motif, 240 x 77 cm, together with a matching camisole, labelled size 38

A silk scarf by Chanel, styled with a floral design in cream and green, on a brown background, 98 cm square

A silk scarf by Chanel, styled with a floral design on a navy background, 89 cm square, with box

Chanel, black silk velvet shawl, with silver camellia flower print, marked 'CHANEL', Made in Italy, length 185 cm

A silk scarf by Chanel, styled with a jewel theme in multi colours on a black background, 90 cm square

A silk scarf by Chanel, styled with a jewel theme in gold and silver on a black background, 87 cm square

A silk scarf by Chanel, styled with monogram design and abstract circular patterns in blue and red on an ivory background, 87 cm square, boxed.

A silk scarf by Chanel, the chiffon shawl with iconic camelia design in white, green and dusty pink, 136 cm square.

A silk scarf by Chanel, styled with a series of colourful boxed Chanel logos and monograms on a navy background, 90 cm square.

A silk scarf by Chanel styled with a multi-coloured jewel and pearl design on a navy background, 90 cm square

A silk scarf by Chanel, the monogram design, styled in navy blue, red and white, 90 cm square

A silk scarf by Chanel, styled in black and white, featuring a jewelled silhouette, 90 cm square

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