Shirley Maclaine to do Coco Chanel

by | December 24, 2007 at 5:05 PM | General

Is fashion in my mind today because I am wondering about that box underneath the tree that looks suspiciously like Serena Van Der Woodsen’s Minnetonka boots? Regardless, my head is spinning today with fashion TV news. Shirley Maclaine has signed up to play the venerable Coco Chanel in a Lifetime original miniseries about the fashionista’s life and times:

Enrico Medioli (“Once Upon a Time in America”) penned the script, which follows the rise of Chanel, starting with her upbringing in an orphanage outside Paris. Mini actually opens with Chanel’s move to reinvent herself in her 70s, after spending years in exile.
Duguay said he was intrigued by the story of Chanel, and didn’t want to simply make a longform about fashion.
“We’ve worked hard with it, and turned it into something that is meaningful and worth making an event miniseries,” he said. “There’s no point in doing it if it won’t educate people and entertain, but in an original way. It’s a love story, it’s a rags-to-riches story, it has some strong social statements about women and about how the world has changed.”
According to Duguay, Chanel’s Karl Lagerfeld has given his blessing to the miniseries; the famed design house is even working closely with the production to get things right.
For example, costume designer Stefano de Nardis (“Gangs of New York”), is working with the House of Chanel to recreate Coco Chanel’s designs.
Chanel, who died in 1971, was named one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people of the 20th century. [Variety]

No word yet on whether the Devil will, in fact, wear Prada to the premiere.

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