Fashion designer of the 1920's
When she was old enough she left the boarding school and the nun's helped her find work. She found a job as a seamstress at a local boutique named the House of Grampayre. In her free time Chanel began going to La Rotonde the local cafe. They invited amatures to sing in between shows. One night she sang a song of a sad girl who's dog had died and the dog's name was Coco. The crowd began to repeat the song lyrics and chime Coco! Coco! Which is how Chanel was given this life long nickname.
One night at the cafe she met a man named Etienne Balsan a calvaryman from a wealthy french family. Etienne Balsan invited Chanel to come to his horse racing farm in 1903. Chanel and Etienne Balsan started seeing each other but their relationship didn't last because Balsan was a player and was obsessed with horses and parties. Due to her spending time with Etienne Balsan Chanel developed excellent horse riding skills. She began designing hats for the female horse racers. When someone appeared at the racetrack with one of Chanel's hats the tabloids always took notes of the new styles. This was the start of Chanel's revolutionary career.
In 1914 Chanel met her true love, Arthur Chapel and set up a business shop in his apartment. People grew more and more interested in Chanel and her designs and they would stop by frequently even if it was just to see what she had on that day. She grew more and more famous as the years passed until she became the iconic Chanel we all know and love.
This is Chanel's logo and it is well known all over the world.
These are some of Chanel's designs. This is where the idea of the essential "little black dress" came to play. Chanel loved to create simple yet classy outfits that flowed with the body and comfortable at the same time.
Pearls were Chanel's trade mark she's seen wearing them in almost every photo of her. The pearls add to her sense of sophistication. It was this charm that placed her among the most respected designers.
What did Chanel like the least about the 1920's?
Noticable accomplishments that made Chanel famous
How does Chanel see Herself impacting the society and culture of the 1920's
What is Chanel's idea of the most important issue in the 1920's?
Questions from the video
How do you think you are going to be remembered in 2015?
Based on your life and role in the 1920's what do you see as the legacy of the 1920's and how should this decade be remembered in American history?
The length of our skirts/dresses shortened. We stopped wearing the tight corsets and many women followed my lead in a rebellious world of fashionable comfort.