The animated clip explores her lonely roots, religious adolescence, fateful encounters, and iconoclastic interests — all which fueled the irreverence and ingenuity that went into creating Chanel's signature dark, minimal aesthetic. That austerity, culled from architecture and paired with a fascination for baroque-inspired ornamentation, totally reinvented notions of feminine dressing and started a new era of fashion. The clip ends on a bittersweet note that underscores Coco's almost eerie determination to move things forward — no matter what. "Either I die as well, " she says of a deceased lover, Boy Capel, "or I finish what we started together." As we know, she chose to go on. Watch below.
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