...and it's latest recipient was Amelie star Audrey Tautou, who will be portraying Coco Chanel in the upcoming film Coco Avant Chanel.
After meeting with the film's director, Anne Fontaine, Karl proclaimed that Tautou was the 'only true Chanel'.
"Her celebrity is all the more exceptional at the beginning of the 20th Century as Chanel had to fight against conventions that were very paralyzing for women...this film describes the destiny of a woman; it is not only for haute couture lovers. Chanel was born with an understanding of life and women that was totally ahead of her time," Tautou weighed in on the importance of her role.
One look at her, with her gaminesque features and air of undeniably french je ne sais quoi, and we have no choice but to agree.