More about Chanel
-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.
-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,'”
-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
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Closed fashion during war
Lagerfield took over fashion house