In conjunction with the Massillon Museum’s upcoming exhibition, Another Look at the New Look, the film, Coco Before Chanel, will be shown at Massillon Public Library on Wednesday, January 25, at 6:30 p.m. The screening is free and open to everyone; no reservations are necessary.
The 2009 film recounts the story of Coco Chanel’s rise from obscure beginnings to the height of the fashion world. Directed by Anne Fontaine, the French film stars Audrey Tautou, Benoît Poelvoorde, and Alessandro Nivola. Several years after leaving an orphanage, a young Gabrielle Chanel finds herself working in a provincial bar. She is both a seamstress for the performers and a singer, earning the moniker “Coco” for the song she sings each night with her sister. A relationship with Baron Balsan allows her to meet French socialites and develop her gift for designing hats.
Coco Before Chanel features dresses from the Chanel collection. House of Chanel art director Karl Lagerfeld supervised the creation of accessories and costumes. The film was nominated for a 2010 Academy Award for Best Costume Design.
The Massillon Public Library is located at 208 Lincoln Way East in downtown Massillon. Free parking is available in Library lots and on adjacent city streets.