Coco Chanel (Portraits français)

No name is more synonymous with élégance à la française and haute couture than that of French fashion icon Coco Chanel. This visionary designer of the 20th century revolutionised the world of fashion with her unparalleled creativity and audacious spirit. From her humble background to her becoming the grande dame of haute couture, learn about Chanel's incredible life in our bilingual article below.

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Note: The tenses in this French article and its English translation don't match! In French, we use the present tense to describe historical stories like this to evoke a sense of immediacy, whereas in English, we commonly use the past tense - learn more about historical French tenses.

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