Top 10 Facts

Coco Chanel

10. Her favorite number was five

It’s not really surprising that her favorite was the number five, but the famous scent Chanel No. 5 got its name from the fact that it is Coco Chanel chose the fifth variant of the trial perfumes that were prepared. The perfume was launched to the public on the fifth of May (the fifth month) 1921.

9. She made having a sun tan fashionable

At a time when sun bathing was not at all fashionable, Coco Chanel brought it into vogue, completely by accident. She got sunburned during a cruise holiday and when she returned to Cannes in France, the public immediately followed the trend.

8. She was accused of Nazi collaboration

There have been many reports that link Coco Chanel to the Nazis during the war and it is suggested that she used her many aristocratic contacts in Spain and England to get information to pass to the Nazis. She also dated a Nazi officer, during the Nazi occupation of France, Hans Gunther Von Dincklage.

7. She lived in a hotel for over 30 years

Coco Chanel lived in a luxurious suite in the Ritz Hotel, Paris, for 37 years, up until her death in 1971. During the war, the hotel was also where many occupying Nazi officers stayed, which further fulled speculation about her Nazi connections.

6. She made the little black dress chic

Until the 1920’s, black was a color reserved for funerals and ladies in mourning. In 1926, Coco Chanel included a short black dress in a collection that was published in the American Vogue magazine, and black became fashionable.

5. Chanel No.5

Coco Chanel’s signature perfume, Chanel No. 5, is one of the world’s best-selling fragrances of all time and it has been estimated that someone, somewhere, buys a bottle of Chanel No.5 every 30 seconds.

4. She came from a poor background

Coco Chanel was the daughter of a laundrywoman who died of tuberculosis and her father deserted the family, so Coco was placed in an orphanage at the age of twelve. It was at the orphanage that she learnt how to sow, taught by the nuns and members of her family who sometimes visited her.

3. Before she was a designer, she was a singer.

Before she sewed, Chanel (then known as Gabrielle) sang at La Rotunde and other Parisian cafes. While she sang "Who has seen Coco in the Trocadéro?" that led to her nickname, "Coco."

2. She began her career designing hats

Coco Chanel’s career in fashion began as a hobby, designing hats. Later on, her hat creations become a must have item for the aristocratic ladies of Paris, even though some of her designs were considered to be too revolutionary for most ordinary people.

1. She had a thing about pockets

Coco Chanel absolutely loved pockets and she thought that there simply weren't enough of them in women’s clothing. Most of the clothes and accessories that she designed had plenty of pockets and, even to this day, you will find more than enough pockets in a Chanel purse.

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