Beyond the Big Screen
Listen on Your Favorite App

Coco Chanel, Nazi Occupation, Collaboration and Historical Fiction

January 10, 2022
00:00 42:46
Listen on Your Favorite App

Title: Coco Chanel, Nazi Occupation, Collaboration and Historical Fiction

Description: Today we talk with author Gioia Diliberto about her historical novel: Coco at the Ritz. Coco Chanel completely reinvented fashion in the early 20th century. By the time the Nazi’s occupied Paris during World War 2, Chanel was fabulously wealthy and highly connected in the artistic and political circles of Paris. Gioia Diliberto brings this larger life character and setting alive in Coco at the Ritz.

Learn More About our Guest:
Gioia Diliberto

You can learn more about Beyond the Big Screen and subscribe at all these great places:
Click to Subscribe:

Parthenon Podcast Network Home:

On Social Media:

Music Provided by:
"Crossing the Chasm" Kevin MacLeod (
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License

Begin Transcript:

, [00:00:00] this is beyond the big screen podcast with your host, Steve Guerra. Thank you for listening to beyond the big screen podcast, we are a member of the Parthenon podcast network. A huge thanks goes out to Gioia Diliberto author of the historical novel Coco at the Ritz links to learn more about Gioia Diliberto can be found at Gioia Diliberto dot.
Or in the show notes, a great way to support beyond the big screen is to leave a rating and review on apple podcasts. These ratings and reviews really help me know what you think about the show and by the magic of apple podcast algorithm, it helps other people learn about beyond the big screen. To learn more about the Parthenon podcast networks and great shows like Scott ranks, history unplug James Early's key battles of American [00:01:00] history, Richard lim’s, this American president, and more can be found
You can learn more about beyond the big screen, great movies and stories, so great. They should be moving. Facebook and Twitter by searching for a twosie history, you can contact me there or send me a good old fashioned email to my email address, links to all of this and more can be found at
Thank you for joining me again beyond the big screen.
I am really excited to welcome our very special guests today. Gioia Diliberto, author of Coco at the Ritz. A novel Gioia has written biographies on Jane Adams, Hadley, Hemingway, Diane Von Furstenberg, and Brenda [00:02:00] Frazier. Today, we are going to talk about Coco Chanel, the Paris fashion scene during the Nazi occupation and historical fiction.
And I really loved the genre of historical fiction. And part of the reason I started this podcast was my interest in learning the real story behind historical fiction and the decisions authors make when writing historical fiction. So I'm definitely excited to talk about this today. I guess, a good place to begin is who was Coco Chanel.
Well, she was a fashion designer who revolutionized fashion after world war one. She basically got women out of corsets and all their fancy clothes for dragging skirts and fancy hairdos with hairpins and, um, pared down the look of. Women's fashion, which is, uh, an essence, a style of elegance and chic that still influences fashion and defines how a lot of women want to look.[00:03:00]
Now, she was extremely well connected. Who are some of the people she knew? When was her circle in this artistic community and Paris at that time? Yeah, she was very well connected.

More Episodes
See all episodes
Meet Your Host
Meet Your Host
Steve Guerra is a historian and podcaster who hosts three different shows. He started with the History of the Papacy Podcast in 2013. In 2017, Steve began Beyond the Big Screen, a podcast that delves into the fascinating stories behind films through lively interviews. His newest show, Organized Crime and Punishment, takes a deep dive into the roots, evolution, and impact of organized crime across different cultures and countries.
Podcasts About Us Contact Us Newsletters