An expose of the life of Coco Chanel is set to reveal even more shocking allegations than those already exposed since the iconic designer died in 1971. The book, written by biographer Lisa Chaney, uses previously secret information found in the Swiss National Archives.
According to Grazia, the book discusses allegations that, ‘the designer used drugs, embraced bisexuality and had an affair with Salvador Dalí while he was married.' The book also rakes up rumours that her war-time lover was a German SS spy, 'Whether Chanel was aware of this is unknown, but after that war she lived in neutral Switzerland for a while, to avoid any proceedings against her.'
The publishers told Grazia that the book covers her admittedly well-publicised love life, 'She refused to marry any of her high profile lovers (outrageous behaviour during her époque) and often behaved with disregard to their existing wives, in the case of those that were married themselves. Even more controversially, whether or not she agreed with Hitler’s views, as far as wartime France went while it was occupied by the Germans, Chanel was far more on the side of the collaborators than the resistance, which may be why she re-located to politically neutral Switzerland after the war, when French people who had helped the Nazis were prosecuted and stigmatised in their communities. She was also ruthless in her business dealings.'