The Vocabulary of Fashion – Inside CHANEL



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CHANEL is a vocabulary, a set of canons, a discipline. A grammar.

In Chapter 14 of Inside CHANEL, unveil “The Vocabulary of Fashion” through the history, symbols, and codes of Gabrielle Chanel, and how it’s continuously reinvented by Karl Lagerfeld. Gabrielle Chanel set in place a new language of fashion, and a style that never ceases to perpetuate itself thanks to Karl Lagerfeld.

The quilted handbag inspired by men’s satchels, the little black dress, costume jewelry, the camellia, the chain, the two-tone shoe, the pearl and tweed are all integral elements of the CHANEL vocabulary.

46 thoughts on “The Vocabulary of Fashion – Inside CHANEL

  1. it's no longer style, Chanel is already a noun, an adjective (or even a verb) to describe what strong-willed but truly elegant. Even the word "Chanel" we have to pronounce elegantly

  2. This is so stupid. The narration acts as if a fashion design is a revolutionary cure for cancer or something. Um no. It's just a bag.

    Furthermore, two toned shoes are ugly. So are tweed jackets. That's why you rarely see professionals wearing these styles in the workplace.

    And is this ad claiming that Chanel invented pearls? LOL.

    These high fashion houses are just elaborate schemes meant to separate the rich from their money.

  3. The essence of Style!!!
    Let's try this: if you had to describe Coco, which adjectives would you use?
    I really do believe that she wanted to breathe herself into her creations, so the ideal "Chanel woman" is Coco herself: what do you think?

  4. Did Coco use real pearls all of the time, or good quality imitations? Cultured pearls weren't as mass produced in her day as they are today. Swarovski still get a very good price for their fine glass pearls.

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