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Coco Chanel (August 19, 1883 – January 10, 1971)

Coco Chanel (born Gabrielle Bonheur Chanel) opened a millinery shop in 1909, featuring refined hats whose simple design contrasted with the overwrought style of the time and presaged modern high fashion. Beginning in 1914, Chanel designed a line of clothing—usually in black, gray, and beige—that eventually included short skirts and tailored suits. Her style was unmistakable and her name became synonymous with haute couture.

Chanel had many affairs with wealthy men who helped finance her business pursuits. She was bisexual and she shared the love for the young Nicoletta “Niki” Arrivabene (San Polo 01.11.1906 + Rivalta sul Mincio 16.09.1986) Valenti Gonzaga with her own lover, bisexual Italian director Luchino Visconti. In the end Niki married Luchino's brother, Edoardo Visconti di Modrone (Milano, Milano 28.09.1908 + Milano 04.10.1980, married 28.11.1931; sons: Eriprando Visconti di Modrone dei Duchi di Modrone (b. 24.09.1932, married Patrizia Ruspoli), Violante, contessa Visconti di Modrone (b. 12.06.1934, married Pier Maria Pasolini Dall' Onda Carlo Caracciolo, 10º principe di Castagneto, 4º duca di Melito), Vivide Visconti di Modrone (b. 22.01.1938, married Riccardo Parodi de Delfino). Niki's sister, Maddalena Arrivabene Valenti Gonzaga (1909-1966), known as Madina, married Luigi Visconti, duca di Grazzano Visconti (1905-1967), another brother of Edoardo. She was part of the Italian resistance during WWII. (P: Nicoletta “Niki” Arrivabene)

A woman who was only three years younger than his own mother Carla, she was for Luchino Visconti all at once counselor, passionate lover, second mother, harder, less feminine, but equally strong, energetic, and realistic than his own real mother.

She said: "I 'm in love and at the same time I'm not."

And she falls in love with Visconti cause he was tailored to her character, with his excesses, his generous impulses, his brutal honesty, sometimes coarse, his desire for the absolute, his intolerance.


Genevieve Fath


Coco Chanel opened a millinery shop in 1909, featuring refined hats whose simple design contrasted with the overwrought style of the time and presaged modern high fashion. Beginning in 1914, Chanel designed a line of clothing—usually in black, gray, and beige—that eventually included short skirts and tailored suits. Chanel had many affairs with wealthy men but she was bisexual and she shared the love for the young Niki Arrivabene with her own lover, bisexual Italian director Luchino Visconti.


Madina Visconti



















Horst once said : "You can not be more fascinated than how much Chanel was by Luchino. He hesitated. She was mad for him and stunned him with words."

Of the long and loyal relationship between Coco Chanel and her brother, Uberta Visconti said: " I ​​do not think that they were more than friends. She was very taken by Luchino. He was especially captivated by her very strong character: a working woman of action."

She, like Visconti , hated dilettantism, she imposed to her two thousand mannequins an iron discipline, did not forgive a failure, a pouting mouth, hair in disorder, a step too fast.

Coco Chanel had also a relationship with Geneviève Fath, married to fashion designer Jacques Fath, Jacques was homosexual and his wife Geneviève was bisexual (she had a flirt with Jimmy Cadaval too), but apparently she preferred women to men, other than Chanel, she had a relationship also with Giovanna Pignatelli.

Stern, Keith (2009-09-01). Queers in History: The Comprehensive Encyclopedia of Historical Gays, Lesbians and Bisexuals (Kindle Locations 3352-3357). Perseus Books Group. Kindle Edition.

Further Readings:

Coco Chanel: The Legend and the Life by Justine Picardie
Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: It Books; Reprint edition (August 23, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0062074172
ISBN-13: 978-0062074171
Amazon: Coco Chanel: The Legend and the Life
Amazon Kindle: Coco Chanel: The Legend and the Life

Sleek. Chic. Notoriously guarded. Welcome to the secret world of Gabrielle Chanel.

The story of Chanel begins with an abandoned child, as lost as a girl in a dark fairy tale. Unveiling remarkable new details about Gabrielle Chanel’s early years in a convent orphanage and her flight into unconventional adulthood, Justine Picardie explores what lies beneath the glossy surface of a mythic fashion icon.

Throwing new light on her passionate and turbulent relationships, this beautifully constructed portrait gives a fresh and penetrating look at how Coco Chanel made herself into her own most powerful creation. An authoritative account, based on personal observations and interviews with Chanel’s last surviving friends, employees and relatives, it also unravels her coded language and symbols, and traces the influence of her formative years on her legendary style.

Feared and revered by the rest of the fashion industry, Coco Chanel died in 1971 at the age of eighty-seven, but her legacy lives on. Drawing on unprecedented research, Justine Picardie brings her fascinating, enigmatic subject out of hiding and uncovers the consequences of what Chanel covered up, unpicking the seams between truth and myth in a story that reveals the true heart of fashion.

More Fashion Designers at my website: http://www.elisarolle.com/, My Ramblings/Art

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