Coco Before Chanel

(Image Above: Clockwise from left –,,,

I’ve been anticipating seeing the French film, Coco Before Chanel, for months now, so I was very excited when my coworker, Aire, told me it was finally coming to a theater in Pittsburgh. If you haven’t heard of the film yet, it follows the life of Coco Chanel before she became well-known – from her humble beginning as an orphan to her rise as a designer. The film was the perfect mix of romance, glamor, and intrigue. I wasn’t even so much concerned with whether the facts were straight (I guess Chanel was known for telling many conflicting stories about her life) as I was with enjoying the rich images of French mansions and lovely dances.

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Chanel was played by Audrey Tautou who seemed the perfect fit for the part, with her emotion-filled dark brown eyes and adorable screen presence. She moved across the set ripping corsets out of dresses and removing feathers from hats, and we were able to see the transformation of her style as the film progressed.

I was really inspired by the costuming in the film, especially in some of the later scenes where her outfits more reflected the aesthetic we know and love as Chanel. Scenes where she strutted around in menswear made me want to wear a tuxedo shirt. In fact, every shot inspired me! So for this post I’ve picked a few items that reminded me of those Audrey wore in the film.

(Image Above: Shoe No. 5, Styled to a T Skirt, Should I Stay or Should I Bow, Sheer Madness Top)

If you haven’t seen this movie yet – go and see it, or if it’s not playing in your town, watch it when it comes out on DVD. I really loved it. I hope you do too!

About Turi

When Turi isn’t blogging, you can find her nose behind a book. But reading isn’t her only pastime. She loves running (cue jogging stroller), taste-testing pizza and burgers, and working on the next great American novel. Her latest homage to all things literary? Her son is named after writer Dashiell Hammett. How apropos.

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  1. aire 11/10/2009 at 6:29 pm #


  2. Katie Scarlett 11/10/2009 at 6:53 pm #

    Woo! I went as Coco for Halloween and I was so proud of my costume! Pinning my long hair up and putting on bright red lipstick, a black dress and a few strands of pearls really made me feel more glamorous and sophisticated than I would have thought!

    I just love watching movies and documentaries about her life 😀

  3. Tieka Dierolf 11/10/2009 at 6:58 pm #

    I’ve been waiting for it to come out for a while! Along with “The September Issue”. I haven’t seen it in our area, but I’m really excited! 🙂

  4. victoria S. 11/10/2009 at 7:27 pm #

    this is great! at my job at the movie theatre we only play select movies and coco before chanel and september issue is there. seen them both. love them both. =)

  5. calivintage 11/10/2009 at 7:53 pm #

    it was so lovely and inspirational! these picks are great, i especially love the skirt!

  6. c_tyler 11/10/2009 at 8:03 pm #

    Saw the movie this past Friday (wearing pearls & a suiting vest in honor of Ms. Chanel) – so great, so beautiful, so moving! I’m glad they kept it in French and subtitled the movie, it really added to the ambiance. Totally worth seeing in theaters.

  7. RachelC 11/10/2009 at 8:11 pm #

    Oh, I want to see it! Is it subtitled?

  8. folktime 11/10/2009 at 9:06 pm #

    im so stoked on this film!

  9. becca boo 11/11/2009 at 1:11 am #

    how do i get this movie?

  10. aire 11/11/2009 at 11:04 am #

    Hi Becca,

    Here is the website I used to find when it was coming to Pittsburgh.

    Hope it helps!

  11. Sara T 11/11/2009 at 11:55 am #

    I saw it on Sunday. It was brilliant. I love that she wore pants when every woman was expected to wear dresses and skirts. Amazing!

  12. Courtney 11/11/2009 at 1:49 pm #

    I have to see this movie, can’t wait!

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