The thing that sparked my interest the most was the story of how Chanel began--in the early 20th century right around the era of the 1920s. She was a forerunner in modern womens fashion in a time when the women enjoyed little freedom in the world-- in society and in fashion.
The '20s was a time of great change in the world of womens fashion. After the first world war, women enjoyed a new sense of freedom previously not enjoyed. It was acceptable for the average American woman to enter the workforce and shed the restricting undergarments of the previous generation.
The silhouette of womens dress became straighter and less form fitting. Not only did WWI have an effect on fashions of the 1920s, but the womens rights movement had an effect as well. For the first time in centuries, women were allowed to wear more "boyish" clothing and hemlines that reached to their knees. Short hairstyles also became popular as they were easier to maintain and also created a better sense of equality in the workplace with male counterparts. Have a look at some lovely 1920s fashions courtesy of the lovely Etsy sellers below.
Also, if you're interested in checking out some real movies from the 1920's, here is a selection of well-liked picks:
-The Merry Widow (1925)