After the past few weeks of madness, I'm back with Fashion and Film Friday! This week is Coco Before Chanel starring the lovely, adorable and charming Audrey Tatou as Coco Chanel.

I actually watched this one for the very first time about 2 months ago and really liked it!

Coco Before Chanel follows the early life of Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel before she became a legend in fashion. From orphan to cabaret singer to seamstress Coco had a rough and lonely life until she met Etienne Balsan, a wealthy textile heir who showered her with affection and the means to do what she loves most: designing haute couture fashions.

Set in the early 1900's, Coco Before Chanel is a fabulous study of fashions that pre-date most of the clothing on this blog. Seeing how Chanel's awkward, boyish style was viewed in her time really helps us to understand how and why Coco Chanel revolutionized women's fashion.

I particularly love this scene where she is dancing in a classic black dress that she made and all of the women around her are wearing lace and pretty colors....but all eyes are on Coco!

Even many years after her death, Chanel fashions are everywhere. With classic, elegant lines and colors, it's not hard to capture some of that Coco style!

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