work. ‘At the time I met her she was not much older than I was,’ wrote Marie (at 31, she was seven years younger than Chanel), ‘but somehow, you did not think of her age, nor did you particularly notice her looks. It was the firmness of her jaw, the determined carriage of her neck that struck you. You were swept off your feet by the fierce vitality she exhaled, the quality of which was inspiring and infectious. Mlle Chanel was an innovator and a revolutionary in her particular line.