Gabrielle Bonheur ‘Coco’ Chanel led an extraordinary life. She introduced clothing staples such as bell bottoms and pea jackets to women round the world, and was the only couturier to be included in Time’s 100 Most Important People of the Century list.
When Gabrielle's mother died she spent six years in an orphanage where she learned to be a seamstress. After a brief stint as a cabaret singer, she met a young French textile heir and became his mistress, simultaneously falling in love with diamonds, dresses and pearls. She had other affairs, but her true marriage was always to her label.
Mix up a Grand Designs today as a toast to the queen of French fashion and the epitome of elegance.
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