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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Chanel Onscreen...Again

A new film about Coco Chanel is being released this month. One of the many that have found inspiration in designers.

“Chanel Coco & Igor Stravinsky“focuses on the brief affair between the designer and married composer. Karl Lagerfeld is not a fan. Like many who worship at the altar of Chanel, he does not prefer to think of the pioneering designer in an unflattering light. She may be portrayed as cold and calculated at times, but ambition and selfishness is still human.

This film follows in the footsteps of last year’s ”Coco Avant Chanel”, the film follows ingĂ©nue Gabrielle from her humble beginnings post-orphanage to the beginnings of fashion success. Again, it shows her rise with the help of her lovers.

Shirley Maclaine earned an Emmy Award for her portrayal of Chanel in her later years, with a romanticized younger version in the television movie of 2008. “Chanel Solitaire” was a 1981 film based on a biography by Claude Delay. Katherine Hepburn starred in the one Broadway musical version of her life.

Coco Chanel herself made contributions to film in the form of costume design. She even collaborated with Pablo Picasso on a film.

Photos by Sony Picture Classics and Lifetime Network

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