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Partners of 
Coco Chanel
Coco Chanel

Partners of 
Coco Chanel

Hans Gunther von Dincklage


relationship began about 1941

Grand Duke Dmitri Pavlovich Of Russia


affair from 1921
until 1924

Boy Capel


relationship began 1909

Etienne Balsan

On-Off relationship

relationship resumed 1909

Igor Stravinsky

Rumoured Romance

Salvador Dali

Alleged Affair

Pablo Picasso

Rumoured Romance

Coco Chanel
Bio Details

Full name

Gabrielle Bonheur Chanel





Date of birth

Sunday 19 Aug 1883

Birth place

Saumur, The Loire Valley, France

Date of death:

10 Jan 1971

Place of death

The Ritz Hotel, Paris, France


Fashion Designer

Founder of the Chanel brand famous for simple, feminine designs which were originally based on men's attire.  Opened the House of Chanel in 1910, by 1916 she employed 300 people dedicated to creating simple feminine clothing & hats. Creator of 'the little balck dress' in 1926 which Vogue described as the fashion equivalent of the Ford motorcar.  By 1935 she owned 5 buildings and employed 4000 people and had taken her talents into jewellery, handbag and perfume design.  
Introduced her first perfume, Chanel No. 5, in 1922, it was one of the first perfumes ever to mix natural and artificial essences and has become the highest selling scent in the world.
Considered to be the creator of 'costume' jewelry in the 1920s.
Since 1983, Chanel has been designed by Karl Lagerfeld.
Coco Chanel's business started with her hats and was financed by her lovers, Etienne Balsan and Boy Capel.  
Closed her couture house in 1939 at the outbreak of world war 2 saying "This is no time for fashion". Due to having had an affair with a Nazi officer during the war, she was suspected of collaborating with the German enemy and was arrested at the end of the war.  No charges were brought against her and she spent the following years in obscurity in Swtzerland. She returned to couture design in 1954 at the age of 71.
Brought up in an orphanage from the age of 12 following the death of her mother.  She lived there with her 2 sisters until she was 18 and it was here that she learned how to sew.  She went on to attend the Notre Dame school in moulins where she learned more sewing and then gained employment as a seamstress in a drapers.
She was given the name Coco by her audience when she worked, briefly, as a singer.  Famous for her renditions of  'Ko Ko Ri Ko' and 'Qui qu'a vu Coco?' (a ditty about a lost dog) - Gabrielle became Coco, although she herself denied this story and claimed the nickname came from her father as he never liked the name Gabrielle.
Brought up her nephew, André Palasse, as her own following the death of her sister when he was 6 years old.

Coco Chanel Siblings

Alphonse Chanel


Lucien Chanel


Augustin Chanel


Antionette Fleming


Julia Chanel


Iconic Fashion Designer
Coco Chanel

Gabrielle Bonheur Chanel




Sunday 19 Aug 1883


10 Jan 1971


Coco Chanel Family

Coco Chanel's parents:

Coco Chanel's father was Albert Chanel Coco Chanel's mother was Jeanne Chanel

Coco Chanel's current partners:

Coco Chanel was rumoured to had a romance with Pablo Picasso Coco Chanel was rumoured to had a romance with Igor Stravinsky Coco Chanel allegedly had an affair with Salvador Dali Coco Chanel had a relationship with Hans Gunther von Dincklage Coco Chanel allegedly had an affair with Bendor Grosvenor, 2nd Duke of Westminster Coco Chanel had a relationship with Boy Capel Coco Chanel had an on-off relationship with Etienne Balsan

Coco Chanel's former partners:

Coco Chanel had an affair with Grand Duke Dmitri Pavlovich Of Russia

Coco Chanel's siblings:

Coco Chanel's brother is Alphonse Chanel Coco Chanel's brother is Lucien Chanel Coco Chanel's brother was Augustin Chanel Coco Chanel's sister was Antionette Fleming Coco Chanel's sister was Julia Chanel

Coco Chanel's nieces and nephews:

Coco Chanel's nephew is André Palasse

Coco Chanel's grand nieces and grand nephews:

Coco Chanel's great niece is Gabrielle Palasse-Labrunie