The Legendary Coco Chanel Quiz


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Legendary fashion designer Coco Chanel changed fashion for women. Her Chanel bags, perfumes, suits and little black dress are still iconic in women's fashion. What else do you know about this famed woman's stamp on design?

What was Coco Chanel's real name?

Her given name was Gabrielle Bonheur Chanel.


Where was Coco Chanel born?

Coco Chanel was born August 19, 1883, in Saumur, France.


What happened to Coco at age 12 that was a defining moment in her life?

After her mother died when Chanel was just 12, her father left her and her sisters in an orphanage. The nuns at the convent taught her how to sew.


Before beginning her career as a designer, what did Coco Chanel also do to earn money?

Prior to becoming a designer, Chanel performed at Moulin Rouge-esque cafés.


Who did Coco Chanel meet while living in the town of Moulins?

Chanel met wealthy playboy Etienne Balsan, who she eventually moved in with on his estate, where she familiarized herself with the aristocratic way of life.


What did Coco Chanel sell out of her first shop in Paris’s Rue Cambon in 1910?

Coco Chanel sold hats out of her first shop on Paris’s Rue Cambon.


What fabric did Coco Chanel use in her early design career, which was highly unusual for women's fashion of the time?

Much of Chanel's clothing was made of jersey; until she began working with it, jersey was more commonly used for men's underwear.


Coco Chanel opened two more boutiques --in Deauville and Biarritz -- and her first designs sold there quickly gained attention. Why?

Chanel's clothing garnered attention for its simplicity. She had a disdain for the ornate fashions of the day meant to make women appear as "monuments of belated and flamboyant art."


In the 1920s, Coco Chanel launched her first perfume. What was it?

Coco Chanel's Chanel No. 5, which was the first perfume to feature a designer's name, was backed by department store owner Théophile Bader and businessmen Pierre and Paul Wertheimer.


True or false? In 1925, Coco Chanel introduced the now legendary Chanel suit.

True. The Chanel suit -- with collarless jacket and well-fitted skirt -- was revolutionary for the time and borrowed elements of men's wear and emphasized comfort.


What other iconic piece of women's wear did Coco Chanel introduce in the 1920s?

We can all thank Chanel for the little black dress. She took a color associated with mourning and showed how chic it could be.


In 1926, Vogue compared Chanel's little black dress to what?

Editors of Vogue compared Chanel's little black dress to a Ford automobile because it could go anywhere, day or night, and they predicted it would become as recognizable as a Ford.


What prompted Coco Chanel to close her Paris salon in 1939?

Despite enormous success, Chanel closed her Paris salon when France declared war on Germany in World War II.


After the end of the war, when did Coco Chanel introduce her comeback collection?

Some critics disapproved of her new looks launched in 1954, but the feminine and easy-fitting designs won fans all over around the world.


True or false? During the German occupation of France, Coco Chanel was involved with a German military officer.

Chanel was involved with Hans Gunther von Dincklage. After the war she suffered in the court of public opinion, as many French viewed her relationship with a Nazi officer as a betrayal of her country.


Which of the following men was Coco Chanel NOT romantically linked?

Chanel and Churchill were known to be great friends, however they were never romantically involved.


True or false? Coco Chanel designed costume jewelry as early as the 1930s.

She designed pieces made from chains, beads and glass that were meant to be worn with her casual daytime sportswear.


What was the inspiration behind the iconic Chanel 2.55 handbag?

The Chanel 2.55 bag's design was inspired by a military satchel with shoulder straps. The name comes from the date of its creation, February 1955.


In 1931, what Hollywood studio hired Coco Chanel to design costumes for its leading ladies?

MGM hired Chanel to dress some of its leading ladies. The collaboration was not a success, although she did go on to design for several French films.


True or false? Designer Elsa Schiaparelli was one of Coco Chanel's biggest collaborators.

In fact the two female designers were bitter rivals.


By the 1960s, some of the most famous celebrities in the world were linked to Chanel, including who?

By the 1960s, the most celebrated stars of the time -- including Elizabeth Taylor, Jane Fonda, Jackie Kennedy and Grace Kelly -- were wearing the latest fashions from Chanel.


True or false? In 1971, Coco Chanel introduced Chanel No. 19, which was named after her date of birth.

Chanel No. 19, which was named for Coco Chanel's birthday, August 19, was actually introduced in 1970.


Chanel's iconic jacket is made of what fabric?

The iconic Chanel tweed replicates the simplicity of a man's formal jacket, but screams elegance and femininity.


Who starred as Coco Chanel In 1969, in the Broadway musical "Coco?"

Katherine Hepburn starred as the legendary designer in the Broadway musical about her life.


Finish this quote from Coco Chanel. "Fashion changes, _____."

Fashion changes, but style endures.


True or false? Coco Chanel never married and even turned down a proposal from the Duke of Westminster.

When asked to marry him, Chanel reportedly told the Duke, "There have been several Duchesses of Westminster. There is only one Chanel."


When did Coco Chanel die?

She died on Sunday, January 10, 1971, at the Hotel Ritz, where she had resided for more than 30 years.


True or false? Karl Lagerfeld took the reins at Chanel immediately after Coco Chanel's death.

It wasn't until 1983 that Lagerfeld was appointed artistic director for Chanel.


Who currently owns the design company Coco Chanel founded?

Today the Chanel company is held privately by the Wertheimer family, the same Wertheimers she collaborated with on Chanel No. 5 in the 1920s.


Finish this quote from Coco Chanel. "I don't do fashion, _____.

I don't do fashion, I am fashion.


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