Coco Chanel was a French designer and fashion icon who completely revolutionized the way we think about high fashion couture, formal wear for women, and the Nazi invasion of France. A pioneer both in changing the silhouette of women in the early 20th century and in playing both sides of a world war while using genocide as an opportunity for personal and professional advantage, Coco Chanel was unmatched in her ability to be both friends with the British Bulldog Winston Churchill—while he was busy causing a famine in Bengal—and utilizing that friendship to avoid investigation and prosecution for literally being a spy for the Nazis. For all of her efforts, Coco Chanel will always be remembered as a fashion maven and woman of inspiration despite having been, again, a literal spy for the Nazis. At least we’ll always have the uncomplicated childhood delight of Roald Dahl.
◆ ◆ ◆ Coco Chanel’s Top 10 Words of Wisdom for the Modern Gal (not Godot, though) ◆ ◆ ◆
◆A girl should be two things: classy and not Jewish.
◆ Simplicity is the keynote of all true Aryans.
◆ In order to be irreplaceable one must always be dating a German Baron during the war.
◆ Dress shabbily and they remember the dress; dress impeccably and they will let you use the seizure of Jewish properties to steal ownership of your perfume line.
◆ As soon as you set foot on a yacht you belong to some man, not to yourself, and you die of boredom.
◆ Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, the way we close down our shops in retaliation against labor strikes.
◆ Some people think luxury is the opposite of poverty. It is not. It is moving to Switzerland with a German Baron in 1945 for reasons.
◆ A woman who doesn't wear perfume has no future, especially if, you know…*gestures anti-Semitically*
◆ Don't spend time beating on a wall, hoping to transform it into a door. Beat on an oppressed minority. They can’t do shit about it.