This explosive narrative unearths for the primary time the surprising hidden years of Coco Chanel’s existence: her collaboration with the Nazis in Paris, her affair with a grasp secret agent, and her paintings for the German army intelligence provider and Himmler’s SS.

Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel used to be the top priestess of couture who created the glance of the brand new girl. Through the Nineteen Twenties she had collected a fortune and went directly to create an empire. However her existence from 1941 to 1954 has lengthy been shrouded in rumor and thriller, by no means clarified Through Chanel or her many biographers. Hal Vaughan exposes the reality of her wartime collaboration and her lengthy affair with the playboy Baron Hans Günther von Dincklage—who ran a secret agent ring and mentioned straight away to Goebbels. Vaughan items in combination how Chanel become a Nazi agent, how she escaped arrest after the struggle and joined her lover in exile in Switzerland, and the way—regardless of suspicions approximately her previous—she used to be in a position to go back to Paris at age seventy and rebuild the enduring Area of Chanel.