Tuesday, February 9, 2010
A little hot Coco
I think I would've loved to be friends with Coco Chanel. Not only was she a genius of fashion, she was a fascinating person. I mean, who else could start out with making raincoats, go bankrupt, switch to millinery and end up dressing everyone who's anyone before commiserating with Nazis and destroying her career, then resurrecting herself as an icon?
We should all be so lucky. Well, I'd leave out the Nazis, but the rest makes for some pretty interesting press.
Chanel was pretty daring in bringing her dresses forward, because they were loose and short -- a sharp contrast to the corseted, long dresses that came before her. She mastered the chemise, completely changing the landscape of fashion. And don't forget the little black dress, a concept that she created. She was so prolific a designer that she was the only fashion designer named to Time Magazine's Top 100 Most Influential People of the 20th Century.
Despite being pursued by many rich men, Coco never married, declaring once to Dorian Leigh that "there are many rich men, but only one Coco Chanel." Truer words were never spoken.
Dress, from 1938, at the Metropolitan Museum of New York.