"Fashion passes, style remains," said the designer who rolled up her sleeves and cut her hair to suite her relaxed tomboy style.
Chanel shunned corsetry and bustles, empowering women by giving them the freedom of movement and choice they enjoy today. She believed luxury was as spiritual need as love - buy luxury on her terms was low key and not vulgar. To prove this she deconstructed and reconstructed her own collection of jewels, mixing precious and paste with abandon until she had invented a new type of jewelry, wearable throughout the day.
"Jewels should be viewed with innocence, with naiveté, as one would enjoy apple blossoms by the roadside as you speed past in a car."