Joyeux anniversaire, Madame Chanel!

Coco Chanel ( 1883-1971 ), French couturier. Paris, 1937. LIP-6958-060. © Lipnitzki / Roger-Viollet – from Paris En Images.

Coco Chanel was born on August 16, 1883. I really appreciate her contribution to women’s fashion, particularly her creation of comfortable but classy-looking knit suits, the little black dress, and costume jewelry as a perfectly acceptable way to accessorize. These photos of Madame Chanel are from Paris en Images, the City of Paris’ archives.

Coco Chanel, French couturier. Paris, about 1960. RV-313657
© Roger-Viollet. France En Images.

Coco Chanel, French couturier. Paris, 1936. © Lipnitzki / Roger-Viollet. From France en Images.

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