1930 : Chanel's affair with the Duke of Westminster ends when he marries an English aristocrat, Luella Ponsonby. True to form, Chanel claims to have initiated the split. Hollywood mogul Samuel Goldwyn hires Chanel to outfit his stable of stars.

1913 : Coco Chanel opens a namesake boutique selling hats and women's clothing in Deauville, a seaside racing resort. She is seen wearing a white camellia-the symbol of a courtesan-later to become a signature motif. Chanel coats are some of "What Fashionable Folk Are Wearing at Deauville," The New York Times reports.