Coco Chanel

4 French Trailblazers Who Changed the World

In late 2021 and early 2022 a fabulous exhibition is coming to Australia – ‘Gabrielle Chanel: Fashion Manifesto’. It will examine the legacy of this remarkable woman, who introduced the Little Black Dress, made women not only elegant but also comfortable, and whose perfume is the biggest selling perfume of all time. Chanel is considered one of the 100 most important people of the 20th century.

In this talk, you will get to know the woman behind the clothes, discover how her convent background influenced her designs, find out how she came to be ‘Coco’, admire her creations, learn about her lovers and her Nazi connections, and experience the beauty of her creations.

Famously secretive

In late 2021 a fabulous exhibition is coming to Australia – ‘Gabrielle Chanel: Fashion Manifesto’. Held at the National Gallery in Melbourne, this exhibition will display items not seen by the public before, and will examine the legacy of this remarkable woman. Chanel introduced the Little Black Dress, she made women feel not only elegant but also comfortable in their clothes, and one of the perfumes she created is the biggest selling perfume of all time. She dressed the rich and famous, simplified feminine style, designed handbags and hats, and changed the way that women dressed. Chanel is, quite rightly, considered one of the 100 most important people of the 20th century.

Chanel was famously secretive, presenting many versions of her own life story to the public. Her father abandoned his family and her mother died when Gabrielle was still young, so she was sent to a convent.

I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed your Trailblazers series.

As a lifelong Francophone and Francophile, it was so interesting to get the whole story as it were, about your subjects. In each of your presentations, I learned a great deal that I didn’t know, and your information was spot on. 

So I thank you so much for the opportunity to listen and learn.

Evelyn
I wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed watching your four French Trailblazers lectures. It was a wonderful treat for me to sit back on a Monday early evening, to listen, watch and learn from you.
Susan
Thank you so much for the marvellous French Series. I have savoured every word. You really kept our minds in high spirits just when needed. 
Looking forward to your future events. Your range of interests and enthusiasm is inspiring. 
Stay safe, well and curious!
Evelyne
Thank you once again – brilliant!
Elfie
What a wonderful talk – thank you Susannah!
Catherine
Thank you so much for the last series. I thoroughly enjoyed them. I really appreciated the research and work you put into making them so interesting. Last night’s lecture on Coco Chanel was particularly enthralling. She certainly did lead a colourful and full life.
Marina
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What do you think about the Coco Chanel’s life and achievements? Do agree that she had a huge impact on women’s fashions? Have you ever owned a Chanel dress or handbag? Let’s discuss it here.

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Comments (4)

  1. John Power

    I thoroughly recommend the film “Coco before Chanel”, an arthouse film from about 10 years ago.

    • Susannah Fullerton

      Thanks John, I’ll seek it out and add it to my recommended reading list.

  2. Jennie Keller

    “Absolutely fabulous” come to mind listening to this talk about Coco Chanel. This series has been so interesting.
    Again Susannah you keep giving us such treasures.
    Heaps of thanks,

    • Susannah Fullerton

      Thanks so much for your kind words, Jennie. I hope the series brought back lovely memories of our travels together in France.
      I do hope you will consider joining the fun for the Scandinaivan series. I’m loving the preparation and look forward to seeing so many good friends attend the talks.

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