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Nine Things You Never Knew About Coco Chanel

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Nine Things you probably Never Knew About Coco Chanel

(WWD.com) — Coco Chanel’s impact on fashion is unparalleled — and her design legacy is just as relevant today, on what would have been her 136th birthday, as it was decades ago.

The legendary fashion designer ’s canon of now-staples — the tweed suit, her No. 5 fragrance and the little black dress — exemplify the elegant, modern style that she was known for and one that was carried on by her successor Karl Lagerfeld , until his death earlier this year.

In honor of Chanel ’s birthday — Aug. 19, 1883 — WWD looks back at the designer’s legacy, unearthing some little-known facts about the iconic designer from our archives.

Here are nine things you probably didn’t know about Coco Chanel:

1. She refused a marriage proposal from the Duke of Westminster.

Chanel reportedly had a 10-year affair with the second Duke of Westminster, Hugh Grosvenor, during which time the Duke proposed marriage to the designer. Chanel refused, later stating: “There […]

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