Winston Churchill and Coco Chanel at the Mimizan
Hunt in France. Telegraph.co.uk

1923 friends in high places

Who would have thought the poor little girl from rural France would one day be mixing with Paris’s hoi polloi and British aristocracy? Her designs, loved by the rich and famous, combined with her vivacious attitude and steely determination to climb the social ladder, resulted in an intimate relationship with the Duke of Westminster and even a lifelong friendship with Britain’s future Prime Minister, Winston Churchill. He was very fond of her, saying later on: “I took great fancy to her, a most capable and agreeable woman”. It was their regular fishing trips to Scotland that influenced her tweed designs and even her preference for fabrics made at Scottish mills.