Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel in 1920
The actress Gabrielle Dorziat wearing a Chanel plumed hat (1912)
Chanel's spymaster:
General Walter Schellenberg
Chief of the Sicherheitsdienst.
A classic Chanel suit, 1965
Chanel couture by Lagerfeld: the Autumn–Winter 2011–2012 collection
A Chanel store in North America
Le nez de Chanel: the perfumer Ernest Beaux (1881–1961) created No. 5 de Chanel in 1921.
Chanel presented Perfume No. 5 to the market in 1922; Ernest Beaux created it in 1921.
Fragrance and Skincare counter at Australian department store Myer in Sydney
Makeup Studio at MYER Sydney City
Logo - the House of Chanel is represented by two interlocked letters "C" for "Coco Chanel".This was first introduced in the late 1980s or early 1990s.
Perfume label trademark: the "No. 5 de Chanel" trademark and font were introduced in 1926.
Couture trademark: the small caps name and font were introduced in 1924.
Pattern and logo used on some Chanel products
Chanel classic handbag in quilted-leather, with adjustable double-chains, to wear it on the arm or at the shoulder.
Chanel handbag with quilted-leather, the Belgian Queen Fabiola, and her husband, King Baudouin, visited the Nixon White House, in 1969.
The Chanel shop at the Prince's Building, Hong Kong.
Chanel Cambon, 31 Rue Cambon, 75001 Paris, France.
The Chanel joaillerie, Place Vendôme, Paris, France.
The Chanel shop, Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills, United States.
The Chanel shop in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

French luxury fashion house that was founded by couturière Coco Chanel in 1910.

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Haute couture

Creation of exclusive custom-fitted high-end fashion design that is constructed by hand from start-to-finish.

Pierre Balmain adjusting a dress on model Ruth Ford in 1947 (photographed by Carl Van Vechten)
The annual Met Gala, held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on the Upper East Side of Manhattan and organized by Vogue high-fashion magazine, hosts the largest haute couture fashion night annually.
Chanel Haute Couture Fall-Winter 2011–2012 Fashion Show by Karl Lagerfeld
Chanel Haute Couture jacket, Fall/Winter 1961

Following in Worth's footsteps were Callot Soeurs, Patou, Poiret, Vionnet, Fortuny, Lanvin, Chanel, Mainbocher, Schiaparelli, Balenciaga, and Dior.

Coco Chanel

French fashion designer and businesswoman.

Chanel in 1920
Chanel "interlocking C" logo
Caricature of Chanel and Arthur "Boy" Capel by Sem, 1913
Chanel (right) in her hat shop, 1919. Caricature by Sem.
Chanel and Winston Churchill in 1921
Grand Duke Dmitri Pavlovich Romanov in exile in the 1920s
Signature scent of the House of Chanel, Chanel No. 5
SS-Oberführer Walter Schellenberg, Chief of SS intelligence, the Sicherheitsdienst
Chanel wearing a sailor's jersey and trousers, 1928
Three jersey outfits by Chanel, March 1917
Chanel suit and silk blouse with two-tone pumps, 1965
Chanel's Timeless Little Black Dress Modeled, 2011
Chanel 2.55 bag, 2009

The founder and namesake of the Chanel brand, she was credited in the post-World War I era with popularizing a sporty, casual chic as the feminine standard of style.

Cara Delevingne

English model, actress and singer.

Delevingne at the 2016 San Diego Comic-Con
Delevingne at London Fashion Week in September 2014
Delevingne with British model Kate Moss (center) and Peruvian photographer Mario Testino (right) at a Burberry fashion show
Delevingne at her home in L.A. in 2021
Delevingne at the premiere of Paper Towns in July 2015
Delevingne in September 2014

She commenced the early 2012 season by walking in the Chanel Haute-Couture spring show at the Grand Palais.

Pierre Wertheimer

Wertheimer in May 1924

Pierre Wertheimer (8 January 1888 – 24 April 1965) was a French businessman, who co-founded Chanel with Coco Chanel.

Harper's Bazaar

American monthly women's fashion magazine.

Front cover illustrating hairstyles, Vol. I, No. 49 (October 3, 1868) – as Harper's Bazar: A Repository of Fashion, Pleasure, and Instruction
Toni Frissell, Woman in tennis outfit, published in Harper's Bazaar, February 1947
American model and Miss Earth 2020 Lindsey Coffey on the Cover of December 2021 Harper's Bazaar magazine Vietnam

When Carmel Snow saw Mrs. T. Reed Vreeland dancing on the roof of New York's St. Regis Hotel in a white lace Chanel dress and a bolero with roses in her hair one evening in 1936, she knew she'd found Bazaars newest staffer.

Lily-Rose Depp

French-American actress and model.

Depp in May 2017

Since 2015, she has been a Chanel brand ambassador.


Term for ready-made garments, sold in finished condition in standardized sizes, as distinct from made-to-measure or bespoke clothing tailored to a particular person's frame.

Ready-to-wear clothing display
Postcard advertisement listing eight cities and towns where Dewachter Frères offered "ready-to-wear clothes and by measure for men and children", c. 1885
Letterhead for the Bordeaux location of Maison Dewachter.

Through the emergence of the US ready-to-wear market, designers like Chanel with their shift dress or the mail-order catalogs sent to rural farms by Sears allowed women to purchase clothing faster and at a cheaper price.

Costume jewelry

More costly and which may be regarded primarily as collectibles, keepsakes, or investments.

Swatch Bijoux Jewelry
An example of gold plated jewelry
Sarah Coventry 1959 "Sultana" jewelry set.

Some of the most remembered names in costume jewelry include both the high and low priced brands: Crown Trifari, Dior, Chanel, Miriam Haskell, Monet, Napier, Corocraft, Coventry, and Kim Craftsmen.

Karl Lagerfeld

German fashion designer, creative director, artist and photographer.

Lagerfeld in 2014
Lagerfeld is credited with making great use of Chanel's "CC" logo during the 1980s
Lagerfeld at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival
Lagerfeld with Hermann Bühlbecker, Prince Albert II and Charlene, Princess of Monaco (2011)

He was known as the creative director of the French fashion house Chanel, a position held from 1983 until his death, and was also creative director of the Italian fur and leather goods fashion house Fendi, and of his own eponymous fashion label.

Alain Wertheimer

French billionaire businessman, based in New York City.

Global share of wealth by wealth group, Credit Suisse, 2021

He is the chairman and a controlling shareholder in Chanel, with his brother Gérard who chairs its watch division.