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22.07.2009- Coco Before Chanel

'Elegance is not the prerogative of those who have just escaped from adolescence, but of those who have already taken possession of their future.'
- Coco Chanel

'Coco Avant Chanel' (Coco Before Chanel) is released here in the UK next Friday and it looks like a must see. Audrey Tautou stars as Gabrielle 'Coco' Chanel who established the iconic fashion house which still bears her name, revolutionising contemporary womenswear through her creation of the little black dress. Her influence is unavoidable in 21st century fashion and her establishment of Chanel cosmetics and fragrances (Chanel no. 5 being Coco's signature scent) paved the way for many design houses to follow in her footsteps throughout the 20th century.

The costumes featured in the film are sure to provide inspiration for many a winter wardrobe, and through replicating Chanel's design ingenuity on screen, costume designer Catherine Leterrier proves how something as simple as tying a ribbon in a bow around the neck of a white shirt can become timeless.

Coco Avant Chanel

(Images taken from 'Coco Avant Chanel' Trailer, Optimum Releasing.)


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