Social Studies

Coco Chanel: Life & Style

Coco Chanel: master courtier, actress/singer, and... Nazi spy? Join me as we discuss the life and styles of Coco Chanel, and decide the importance of her legacy on women's history and contemporary fashion.
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Completed by 13 learners

75 minutes

per class

Meets once


year olds


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per learner

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Wed May 25

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8:45pm - 10pm

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Class Experience

Students will trace the evolution of fashion during Coco Chanel's lifetime.
Students will analyze the choices Coco Chanel made during her life.
Students will discuss if Coco Chanel's lifestyle choices make her a worthy feminist icon. 
Students will design using certain aesthetics that Coco championed, such as with jersey knits and loose, straight lines. 
There is nothing I love more than dissecting historical characters and deciding where they belong in our collective cultural and historical conscience. I have been teaching fashion design for over 4 years and love combining history with fashion.
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
1 hour 15 minutes per week in class, and maybe some time outside of class.
Coco Chanel is a contested historical character. She gained a lot of her fame and wealth in large part due to her secret sexual relationships with powerful men, including Nazis during the occupation of France. While this won't be majorly discussed, it's impossible to teach about Coco's life without mentioning her role as a mistress. This class will also discuss anti-antisemitism, as Coco Chanel was an anti-semite. 
Additionally, I will be providing croquis- a nude, undetailed female figure- to draw fashion on. 


Melissa Quijano
Lives in the United States
Social studies with a twist
476 total reviews
328 completed classes

About Me

Hi! My name is Melissa Quijano (she/her) and I teach classes focused on history and fashion. I believe that you can learn about history from a variety of lenses and vantage points, and fashion is one of them. Fashion is so interesting- besides... 
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