A new biography of Coco Chanel claims that the legendary French fashion designer had a number of affairs with women in her life and used morphine recreationally.
Coco Chanel: An Intimate Life by Lisa Chaney documents her “numerous liaisons, whose poignant and tragic details have eluded all previous biographers… “
Penguin Books adds: “Drawing on newly discovered love letters and other records, Chaney’s controversial book reveals the truth about Chanel’s drug habit and lesbian affairs.”
Chanel also had relationships with men, including composer Igor Stravinsky, the Duke of Westminster, a Nazi spy and, according to the book, the then-married artist Salvador Dali.
Chanel, who died in 1971, is seen as a pioneer in the fashion industry in the 20th century. She founded the Chanel brand, which remains iconic today, and was the only person in the fashion field to be named one of the ‘100 Most Important People of the Century’ by Time magazine.
Coco Chanel: An Intimate Life is set to be released in November.