Coco Chanel

Poster by: Anissa Humphries


Gabrielle Bonheur Chanel, A.K.A. Coco Chanel, was born on August 19th, 1883 in Saumur France. Although the name Chanel is associated with luxury and glamour, the fashion designer behind the glamour was not raised in a very glamorous setting. At the age of 12, Cocoś mother passed away of tuberculosis. As a result, Cocoś father put her and her four siblings in an orphanage. At the orphanage the nuns who raised her taught her how to so, leading to her extremely successful career in fashion. In 1910 she opened her first shop in Paris selling hats, then she added multiple stores and began producing clothing. Coco left an incredible impact on the world of fashion before passing away on January 10th, 1971.

Some of Coco´s Highlights


Coco Chanel mainly left her impact on women during the 1920´s. This is because she made clothing more comfortable for women. She said goodbye to uncomfortable corsets and hello to womenś suits and the ever so famous LBD. Coco Chanel was the first to come up with the ideas for the little black dress and the womenś suits. Coco once said, ¨In order to be irreplaceable, one must always be different.¨ She was defiantly different in the fashion industry. Through her more comfortable and highly fashion womenś fashion designs, she revolutionized the entire fashion industry. Every women now wanted to dress like Coco, and was ready to lay their money down on Cocoś unique designs. Without Coco would the famous LBD even be a thing? Imagine the impact that Chanel still has on people today.

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