Coco Chanel

By Hannah Lucchetti

August 19, 1883-January 10, 1971

Her Life

Coco Chanel, a fashion designer from France and the founder of the Chanel company, was the only fashion designer listed on the 100 most influential people of the 20th century in the Time magazine. Today her design are still sold all the way from perfume to hand bags.


Learning sewing for six years in Aubazine, Chanel to find a seamstress job, which started her career as a fashion idol. For a breif period of time Chanel had a career as a singer before eventually she opened a clothes shop in 1910. In the 1920's she put out her first perfume and introduced the Chanel Suit and the little black dress. Coco became famous and is known for her simple, but sophisticated outfits completed with complementary accessories, such as several strands of pearls.