“Nothing great in the world has ever been accomplished without passion.”

Hebbel (1813 - 1863)..

10 May 2010

Peerless Gabrielle Chanel by Douglas Kirkland

"The work of Gabrielle Chanel, with its acknowledgment of the realities of women in the 20th century, was an elegantly conceptualized modernism," said Harold Koda, Curator in Charge of The Costume Institute. "In creating a wardrobe for herself, Chanel invented an idea of the new woman. The bare facts of Chanel's life—deprived of the autobiographical embellishments she evolved over time and the conjecture of others—are dramatic, but spare. Therefore it is her work, which transcended class barriers and revolutionized the ideals of dress, that is the ultimate testament to her life."

Douglas Kirkland - COCO CHANEL

“I don't understand how a woman can leave the house without fixing herself up a little - if only out of politeness. And then, you never know, maybe that's the day she has a date with destiny. And it's best to be as pretty as possible for destiny.” ~Coco Chanel


Anonymous said...

Wow, this is such a great post. Wonderful quotes, but the photos really took my breath away. Something about how rugged she looks, in such gorgeous clothing. I feel like her story is one that she wears of her sleeve.


Victoria said...

Thank you Julia.. ;)
It really is so.. You can know all about her just looking at her..

Randolph Black said...

I love this post. Thank you for posting the photos of Chanel. She was truly a visionary and I don't know where fashion would be without her. www.blackmaryjane.blogspot.com

Victoria said...

Thanks Randolph Black!
Fashion without her would be completely different.. Who knows how we would look like.. :))