Coco Before Chanel (2009) short review

A very well made, nuanced view of Coco Chanel from her humble origins as a seamstress and vaudeville performer, through some complicated relationships, until right before she becomes “Chanel.”  My only quibble would be that as a costumer, I’m more interested in Chanel as a designer, so I guess I would have liked more Coco During Chanel!  Audrey Tatou’s performance is great. The costumes are NOT the least bit shiny — a big point is made of contrasting Chanel’s modern, simple sensibility with the Edwardian milieu in which she lives — but they are very well done.


About the author



Kendra has been a fixture in the online costuming world since the late 1990s. Her website, Démodé Couture, is one of the most well-known online resources for historical costumers. In the summer of 2014, she published a book on 18th-century wig and hair styling. Kendra is a librarian at a university, specializing in history and fashion. She’s also an academic, with several articles on fashion history published in research journals.