Did you know that the classic Chanel ‘2.55’ bag was inspired by men’s military satchels, or that the ‘Little Black Dress’ was inspired by the uniforms of nuns from Coco Chanel’s childhood? You can now learn about the integral elements of the storied fashion house through the website Inside Chanel, a platform dedicated to educating fans of the brand through a series of short savoir faire films.
The fourteenth chapter, called The Vocabulary of Fashion, tackles and delves into integral elements of the brand created by Gabrielle ‘Coco’ Chanel and masterfully revisited by Karl Lagerfeld, like the instantly classic two-tone shoes, the tweed suit, and much more. In Lagerfeld’s words, “Mademoiselle Chanel handed us down a style. And the style she advocated never dates. Chanel’s success was knowing how to get across the elements of her identity. Timeless music built around five notes by which women instantly recognize the essence of Chanel: luxury and refinement.”
If this has piqued your interest, click here for a more in-depth look at the history of Chanel.