1883-1971, portrait by Douglas Kirkland late 1960's
Morand contributed to what is now the myth of Chanel and the many stories surrounding her.
Morand tells the tell of the well connected, revealing Chanel's power began with the proper endorsement. Above left Chanel with Capel who introduced her to the private life of wealth at right with the British Prime Minister. Her androgynous dress fit in with a world of men.
The Chanel suit of the 1902's a looser form of the 1960's version
Chanel by Douglas Kirkland
Designer and business woman she was not only strategic about the release of her own memoirs but also promotional photos below from 1959.
US Vogue below, 1961
Chanel handpicked her models, not for beauty as much as poise and social connection, below couture models waiting, 1964
The Chanel brand and use of black and white were created by Coco and are still used in original form. Below Ali McGraw, 1966.
The last collection SS 197. Chanel died on January 10 and the collection was presented on January 26 with an audience of 1000.
Karl Lagerfeld has been directing Chanel since 1983. He still designs the classic suit and shoots the campaigns himself.
Lagerfeld below at SS 2010 Couture