Recently, I had the extraordinary honour of stepping into the private world of a global fashion icon – Gabrielle ‘Coco’ Chanel. This rare opportunity to visit her personal apartment was an insightful journey into the life of a woman who has revolutionised the fashion industry and continues to inspire countless individuals worldwide.


My visit extended beyond the bounds of her apartment, as I was granted behind-the-scenes access to the revered Atelier Le19M. There, I observed a blend of youthful exuberance and seasoned expertise at work, meticulously engaged in embroidery. The sheer dedication and precision struck me as I learned that just one small section of their intricate work takes up to four hours to complete. The thought of the painstaking effort it would take to complete an entire dress was utterly awe-inspiring.


My encounter with Gabrielle Chanel’s history was a powerful reminder of the enduring power of self-belief. Here was a woman who built an empire from scratch, driven by her own conviction and perseverance. She is a testament to the idea that starting from nothing but a dream and hard work can lead to unimaginable success.

This experience resonated with me personally, as I could draw parallels with my journey as a vocal coach. Like Coco Chanel, I started my career with nothing but passion for music and faith in my ability to guide others. Observing the craft, precision, and dedication at Atelier Le19M was reminiscent of the meticulous practice and commitment that I encourage in my students.

Coco Chanel’s legacy is a source of inspiration that reinforces the importance of tenacity, meticulousness, and self-belief in my teaching ethos, proving that anyone can reach unimaginable heights with these attributes.