Coco Chanel by George Hoyningen-Huene (1935)

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Coco Chanel by George Hoyningen-Huene, 1935 via

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Marion Morehouse Modelling Chanel by Edward Steichen (1925-1930)

Marion Morehouse (1906-1969), was a fashion model who rose to prominance in the late 1920s and early 1930s sitting for Vanity Fair and Vogue photographer Edward Steichen. He described her as

‘the greatest fashion model I ever photographed.’

Tall, thin with brown eyes and a narrow face inherited from her native American ancestry, Marion Morehouse was often compared to a Modigliani painting. Here she is photographed by Steichen in the simple-line designs of 1920s Chanel couture.

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Edward Steichen, Marion Morehouse, in beaded Chanel Gown, 1925

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Edward Steichen, Marion Morehouse in crepe romain dress by Chanel, 1926

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Edward Steichen, Marion Morehouse in crepe romain dress by Chanel, 1926

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Edward Steichen, Marion Morehouse wearing Chanel, 1927

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Model Marion Morehouse in Crepe Coat with Fur Collar

Edward Steichen, Marion Morehouse wearing Chanel, 1929

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Edward Steichen, Marion Morehouse wearing Chanel, 1930

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Edward Steichen, Marion Morehouse and Helen Lyons wearing Chanel at Elizabeth Arden Salon, 1930 © Condé Nast Archive/Corbis.

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Amazing Vintage Photos of Iconic Designer Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel

Gabrielle Bonheur Chanel (1883 – 1971) was a French fashion designer and founder of the Chanel brand. She is the only fashion designer listed on Time magazine’s list of the 100 most influential people of the 20th century. Along with Paul Poiret, Chanel was credited with liberating women from the constraints of the “corseted silhouette” and popularizing the acceptance of a sportive, casual chic as the feminine standard in the post-World War I era. A prolific fashion creator, Chanel’s influence extended beyond couture clothing. Her design aesthetic was realized in jewelry, handbags, and fragrance. Her signature scent, Chanel No. 5, has become an iconic product.

Chanel was known for her lifelong determination, ambition, and energy which she applied to her professional and social life. She achieved both success as a businesswoman and social prominence thanks to the connections she made through her work. These included many artists and craftspeople to whom she became a patron. However, Chanel’s life choices generated controversy, particularly her behaviour during the German occupation of France in World War II.

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Coco Chanel à Moulins, 1903 .

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Gabrielle Chanel, Deauville 1913

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Salvador Dalí and Coco Chanel

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Gabrielle ‘Coco’ Chanel 1931

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Coco Chanel Photographed by Cecil Beaton in 1937

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Coco Chanel in her atelier Romy Schneider 1960.

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Coco Chanel in her atelier with Romy Schneider, 1960

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