Fredonia Shakespeare Club learns about Coco Chanel

The Fredonia Shakes-peare Club met recently in its sixth meeting of the 2013-14 season at the home of Dr. Minda Rae Amiran.

Club President Mrs. Robert Woodbury ex-pressed her appreciation to the hostess of the day and reminded members that the club’s next meeting will take place at the home of Mrs. William Larson when Mrs. Brian Woods will deliver her paper titled: “Alice Guffy Miller: Make Art, Not Trouble.”

The members then turned their attention to the paper on Coco Chanel written by Mrs. William Larson, which is summarized as follows:

Coco Chanel is one of the names that is associated with designer clothing and perfumes. She was famed for her creativity in the fashion industry, making her one of the most successful entrepreneurs of all time.

Coco Chanel grew up in an orphanage, where she learned to sew. At age 18, she left the orphanage and got a job with a tailor. Soon, she became a couturier, which translated for her was a “fashion designer.”

Chanel wove a new world of fashion and sculpted a timeless silhouette. With determination, a visionary instinct, an extraordinary talent for life and an innate sense of elegance, she created the modern.

Coco Chanel is associated with five distinct icons which identify the image and brand of her empire. They are: the suit; the camellia flower, which is the lasting trademark of the hostess of the house on the Rue Cambon in Paris; jewelry with its baroque style and, of course, the pearls and chains as necklaces; Chanel No. 5 perfume; and “the little black dress.”

The very name of Chanel defies all concepts of time.

Coco is quoted as saying, “A girl should be two things – classy and fabulous.” She truly demonstrated this throughout her life.

Following the program, the members enjoyed tea and refreshments.

Dr. Amiran was assisted at the tea table by Mrs. Martin Sanden.