Paris, France

Coco Chanel

  1. Born: August 19, 1883, Saumur, France

  2. Died: January 10, 1971, Paris, France

  3. Full name: Gabrielle Bonheur Chanel

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More about Chanel

Famous for her timeless designs, trademark suits, and little black dresses

-In the 1920s, she launched her first perfume and eventually introduced the Chanel suit and the little black dress, with an emphasis on making clothes that were more comfortable for women.

Early Life

- After her mother’s death, Chanel was put in an orphanage by her father, who worked as a peddler.

-She was raised by nuns who taught her how to sew

-Had a brief career as a singer, where she got her nickname from singing in clubs in Vichy and Moulins where she got the name Coco.

-Chanel herself said it was a “shortened version of cocotte, the French word for 'kept woman,'”

Fashion Career

-Opening her first shop on Paris’s Rue Cambon in 1910, she started out selling hats

-She later added stores in Deauville and Biarritz and began making clothes

-in the 1920's she launched her first perfume, Chanel No. 5

-In 1925, she introduced the now legendary Chanel suit with collarless jacket and well-fitted skirt, emphasizing comfort, by taking pieces of mens clothing

-Ended corsets and other confining garments

Haute Couture

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Closed fashion during war

Lagerfield took over fashion house

Fall-Winter 2015/16 Haute Couture CHANEL Show
"CHANEL" Fashion Show Spring Summer 2014 Paris HD by Fashion Channel