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1939 WORLD WAR II

When France fell to Nazi Germany, Chanel shut up shop, as in her own words, “war is no time for fashion”. She took a new lover in the form of Baron Hans Gunther von Dincklage, a senior officer in the German Military Intelligence, and during this time she became entangled with the German authorities, even running a mission to Madrid for them. As a collaborator, she was the only French occupant allowed to keep her apartment at the Ritz.