One of the most iconic fashion designers in existence, Coco Chanel changed the way people throughout the world thought about women’s fashion. Her impeccable designs had a certain panache that women everywhere were – and still are – inherently drawn to, making her a living legend in her own time. It makes sense, then, that this iconic French fashionista has dressed some of the most gorgeous actresses to ever grace the silver screen. Take a look at some of Coco Chanel’s most famous clientele and learn how her style influenced their fashion choices.
Grace Kelly rose to fame after staring in several of Alfred Hitchcock’s most iconic films. While her star was on the rise, she completely left Hollywood behind to marry Prince Rainier and live out a real life fairytale in the French Riviera. Known for her effortless elegance, charm, and allure, this beautiful blonde will forever be recognized as one of the world’s most classically beautiful actresses. The actress-turned-princess also possessed a timelessly elegant personal style and was a client of many famous French couturiers. It only makes sense that she would also be a fan of Coco Chanel’s timeless designs. Not only was Grace Kelly frequently seen pairing a simple strand of pearls with tasteful A-line gowns, she also was famously photographed wearing an iconic Chanel suit during her reign as Princess of Monaco.
Audrey Hepburn was another actress whose legendary fashion choices will forever live on. The beautiful, waif-like brunette had a signature elegance that closely resembled Coco Chanel’s. It’s said that Hepburn was a fan of the French fashion designer’s collections and frequently wore her designs in public. The actress was a fan of wearing sleek cigarette pants with slim tops and statement accessories, which mirrors Chanel’s own personal style. Notably, Hepburn has been photographed for carrying a quilted Chanel handbag, which is one of the designer’s signature looks. Although the little black dress and pearls she famously wore in the opening scene of “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” was designed by the fashion house Givenchy, the look borrows heavily from Chanel’s influence. After all, the designer is accredited with inventing the little black dress and contributed to its rise as a staple in popular culture.
KatharineHepburn was a striking actress who was positively sensational on and off the screen. Known for wearing pants when most women wouldn’t dare to, the actress had a signature sense of style that has long been admired. Not unlike Coco Chanel, KatharineHepburn played by her own rules and wasn’t afraid of putting a feminine twist on traditionally menswear-inspired items. She eventually got to channel the legendary fashion designer when she played the title character in 1969’s “Coco,” KatharineHepburn’s first and only Broadway production. With costumes that included stylish suits, crisp coats, and layers of pearls, her undeniable confidence made her the perfect choice to represent Chanel on stage.