The Legendary Coco Chanel Quiz

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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?
Colene Cocotte
Gabrielle Bonheur
Her given name was Gabrielle Bonheur Chanel.
Romy Schneider

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Where was Coco Chanel born?
Paris, France
Saumur, France
Coco Chanel was born August 19, 1883, in Saumur, France.
Lyon, France

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What happened to Coco at age 12 that was a defining moment in her life?
Her father left her at an orphanage.
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.
She moved to Paris from Saumur.
She got her first sewing kit.

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Before beginning her career as a designer, what did Coco Chanel also do to earn money?
performed in a café
Prior to becoming a designer, Chanel performed at Moulin Rouge-esque cafés.
worked in a bakery
sold art on the street

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Who did Coco Chanel meet while living in the town of Moulins?
Paul Wertheimer
Arthur "Boy" Capel
Etienne Balsan
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.

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What did Coco Chanel sell out of her first shop in Paris’s Rue Cambon in 1910?
little black dresses
hats
Coco Chanel sold hats out of her first shop on Paris’s Rue Cambon.
suits

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What fabric did Coco Chanel use in her early design career, which was highly unusual for women's fashion of the time?
jersey
Much of Chanel's clothing was made of jersey; until she began working with it, jersey was more commonly used for men's underwear.
silk
cotton

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Coco Chanel opened two more boutiques --in Deauville and Biarritz -- and her first designs sold there quickly gained attention. Why?
They were inexpensive.
They were all black and white.
They were simple garments.
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."

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In the 1920s, Coco Chanel launched her first perfume. What was it?
Chanel No. 5
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.
Chanel Mademoiselle
Chanel

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

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What other iconic piece of women's wear did Coco Chanel introduce in the 1920s?
little black dress
We can all thank Chanel for the little black dress. She took a color associated with mourning and showed how chic it could be.
tweed jacket
hand bag

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In 1926, Vogue compared Chanel's little black dress to what?
strand of pearls
the glass of fine wine
a Ford
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.

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What prompted Coco Chanel to close her Paris salon in 1939?
lack of sales
competition from Christian Dior
World War II
Despite enormous success, Chanel closed her Paris salon when France declared war on Germany in World War II.

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After the end of the war, when did Coco Chanel introduce her comeback collection?
1952
1954
Some critics disapproved of her new looks launched in 1954, but the feminine and easy-fitting designs won fans all over around the world.
1956

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

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Which of the following men was Coco Chanel NOT romantically linked?
Winston Churchill
Chanel and Churchill were known to be great friends, however they were never romantically involved.
Pablo Picasso
Salvador Dali

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True or false? Coco Chanel designed costume jewelry as early as the 1930s.
TRUE
She designed pieces made from chains, beads and glass that were meant to be worn with her casual daytime sportswear.
FALSE

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What was the inspiration behind the iconic Chanel 2.55 handbag?
a military satchel
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.
a child's book bag
a dopp kit

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In 1931, what Hollywood studio hired Coco Chanel to design costumes for its leading ladies?
MGM
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.
20th-Century Fox
Universal

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True or false? Designer Elsa Schiaparelli was one of Coco Chanel's biggest collaborators.
TRUE
FALSE
In fact the two female designers were bitter rivals.

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By the 1960s, some of the most famous celebrities in the world were linked to Chanel, including who?
Jacqueline Kennedy and Jane Fonda
Grace Kelly and Elizabeth Taylor
all of the above
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.

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True or false? In 1971, Coco Chanel introduced Chanel No. 19, which was named after her date of birth.
TRUE
FALSE
Chanel No. 19, which was named for Coco Chanel's birthday, August 19, was actually introduced in 1970.

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Chanel's iconic jacket is made of what fabric?
corduroy
velvet
tweed
The iconic Chanel tweed replicates the simplicity of a man's formal jacket, but screams elegance and femininity.

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Who starred as Coco Chanel In 1969, in the Broadway musical "Coco?"
Jacqueline Bisset
Katherine Hepburn
Katherine Hepburn starred as the legendary designer in the Broadway musical about her life.
Vanessa Redgrave

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Finish this quote from Coco Chanel. "Fashion changes, _____."
but style endures.
Fashion changes, but style endures.
and I change with it.
but I stay the same.

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True or false? Coco Chanel never married and even turned down a proposal from the Duke of Westminster.
TRUE
When asked to marry him, Chanel reportedly told the Duke, "There have been several Duchesses of Westminster. There is only one Chanel."
FALSE

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When did Coco Chanel die?
1971
She died on Sunday, January 10, 1971, at the Hotel Ritz, where she had resided for more than 30 years.
1972
1973

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True or false? Karl Lagerfeld took the reins at Chanel immediately after Coco Chanel's death.
TRUE
FALSE
It wasn't until 1983 that Lagerfeld was appointed artistic director for Chanel.

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Who currently owns the design company Coco Chanel founded?
the Chanel estate
the Lagerfeld family
the Wertheimer family
Today the Chanel company is held privately by the Wertheimer family, the same Wertheimers she collaborated with on Chanel No. 5 in the 1920s.

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

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