For fashion biographers, Coco Chanel is the gift that keeps on giving. After 'Coco mania' swept the world in 2009 - thanks to the biopic Coco Before Chanel , in which French actress Audrey Tautou took on the role of the legendary designer - prepare for another, more controversial wave.
Biographer Lisa Chaney, whose book, Coco Chanel: An Intimate Life, is due out later this year, claims to have uncovered evidence that Gabrielle 'Coco' Chanel "used drugs, embraced bisexuality and had an affair with Salvador Dali while he was married," report WWD.
Chaney's publicist also confirmed that the author had access to documents in the Swiss Federal Archives to prove that one of Chanel's lovers, German Günther von Dincklage, was a spy for the Nazis during World War II.
Having never married and dated some of the most powerful men of her time, including the Duke of Westminster - and creating a fashion empire that today continues to excel and inspire - Chaney's book should make for a compelling read.