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Coco Chanel Said . . .

A piece for soprano, double bass, and piano.

Coco Chanel, one of the premier fashion designers in Paris, created a revolution in the fashion world by liberating women from the tight and heavy clothes of the nineteenth century. Her act created anger within male designer circles.

This piece uses one of Coco Chanel’s famous quotes as a theme to connect the whole piece together: “Fashion has become a joke. The designers have forgotten that there are women inside the dresses. Most women dress for men and want to be admired. But they must also be able to move, to get into a car without bursting their seams! Clothes must have a natural shape.”

This piece is dedicated to pioneer women in both fashion and music history. Thank you to all the fearless pioneers who have paved the way for women in the modern world. [End Page 169]

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Gigi Chi Ying Lam

gigi chi ying lam is a doctoral student at the Royal College of Music in London. A Hong Kong– born community music facilitator, her career has involved creating and sharing music in many different contexts and communities. She has directed community musicals, choirs, and ensembles and has also hosted workshops addressing different social issues, including gender equality and women’s empowerment. Her doctoral studies focus on training of community musicians and active music-making experience.