Friday, July 25, 2008

Coco Chanel Story on Lifetime Television

Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel
(1883-1971)

Shirley MacLaine as Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel

Don't you just love this photo of Shirley MacLaine as Coco Chanel? Notice her signature Chanel style with her classic tweed jacket, layers of pearls and her Camellia flower pin. The photo looks like Rue Cambon (Coco's apartment) to me where the film crew was probably filming on the streets of Paris.

Last night I saw a commercial for this upcoming Lifetime Television 2-part miniseries Coco Chanel.

It's the rags to riches story about the life story of legendary fashion designer Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel. Shirly MacLaine is portraying Chanel in her later years. It airs in September so watch your local listings. I can't wait!

How did Mademoiselle Chanel become Coco?

Wondering how Ms. Chanel acquired her nickname Coco? One of her first stints (1905-1908) was as a cafe cabaret singer. One story is while singing Who's seen Coco in the Trocadero, the soldier patrons nicknamed her Coco and it stuck. She also began sewing cabaret stage costumes and that led to a career in millinery and fashion in Paris.

She was certainly a woman ahead of her time! There is so much more to her story and her life....I can't wait to find out more about Coco Chanel ! How about you?

4 comments:

Ruth said...

Sounds great & fun - I will check my local listing. Do you know approximate dates?

Lisette said...

There is nothing yet on Lifetime Television's website about the mini-series. I will keep you posted!

Camille said...

I'm excited also. I found your sight by Googling Lifetime Coco. Now I want to be your BFF and go to Paris with you. I'm a starry eyed Italian Francophile although I know little about the city. I've been once but dream of returning. Will you pack me in your bag ?

Lisette said...

Bonjour Camille. Glad you found my blog!
The Lifetime Television movie Coco Chanel will premier on Saturday, September 13, 2008 at 8:00 PM ET/PT.
As for your return to Paris...I know you will! One trip to Paris is never enough!