By the time she died, most French had forgiven her for collaborating with the Nazis during the occupation of France during WWII. But in the 90s, that dark chapter in her biography was brought to the surface. Chanel had spent the war at her 188-square-meter suite at the Ritz with her lover, an aristocratic German officer, Baron Hans Guenther von Dincklage, and the two took off for Switzerland after the liberation; she didn’t return to her suite at the Ritz until 1954.
Chanel ordered that no one was to be permitted into her famed home at the Ritz after her death with the exception of her family, two nieces and a nephew. Three days later, on January 13th, thousands gathered in front of the Madeleine church in Paris to attend Chanel's funeral, before she was taken to a cemetery in Lausanne, Switzerland to be buried in private. Her tomb has since become a place of pilgrimage. On that day, nobody would imagine that her label would turn into a $100 billion business by Karl Lagerfeld.
Let's remember Coco Chanel who died 50 years ago on Sunday morning.