Coco Chanel Was A Nazi. Does It Matter For Fashion Today?

In fashion, few names carry such high esteem as Gabrielle ‘Coco’ Chanel. The creator of the little black dress and the no.5 perfume that Marilyn Monroe wore to bed has had a huge influence from high end to high street and has been quoted into cliché with soundbites such as “a girl should two things: classy and fabulous.”

Today, a new retrospective of her work opens in Paris. “Gabrielle Chanel. Fashion Manifesto”, at the Palais Galleria has been created with the support of the Chanel brand and invites visitors to “explore a universe and a style that are truly timeless.”

There’s one aspect of Gabrielle Chanel’s universe that does feel out of place in 2020 though: her work for the Nazis.     

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