Impossible to Guess

“It was always impossible to guess Chanel’s age. She was dark and sunburned, with high cheekbones, an upturned nose with nostrils, as she said, ‘like tunnels,’ brilliant black eyes like buttons, and a gash for a mouth. Her hands were delicate, of a skin with a white sheen on it, and so strong that they could shoe a horse. She wore no red on her fingernails but reddened the tips of her toes, on the theory that feet were a dreary business and required every aid.”

Cecil Beaton
The Glass of Fashion


Fashion designer Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel with photographer Cecil Beaton, circa 1930’s. Photo by John Phillips


Drawings, sketches and photo portraits of Mademoiselle Chanel by Cecil Beaton

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