The Fashion Fiend's Illustrated Guide to French Film: Vivre sa vie

The 1962 film Vivre sa vie (My Life to Live), directed by Jean Luc Godard, tells the story of Nana, an increasingly desperate woman who has turned to prostitution as her life crumbles around her. Originally from Denmark, the actress who played Nana was actually rechristened 'Anna Karina' by none other than Coco Chanel shortly after arriving in Paris, where she initially worked as a model. Although she was angry with the director (her husband at the time) for making her look ugly in the film, her silent-film-star looks give the character a chic tinge of tragedy.