By: Emily Allen
Coco Chanel was born on Auguest 29, 1883 in Saumar, France. Famous for timeless designs, trademark suits and little black dresses. She was raised in an orphanage put there by he4r father who worked as a peddler. There is where she learned to sew. She also became Catholic. She had a brief career as a singer before opening her first clothes shop in 1910. In the 1920s, she launched her first perfume and introduced the Chanel suit and the little black dress. Another important romance for Chanel began in the 1920s. She met the wealthy duke of Westminster aboard his yacht around 1923, and the two started a decades-long relationship. In response to his marriage proposal, she reportedly said “There have been several Duchesses of Westminster—but there is only one Chanel!” According to Edmonde Charles-Roux, Chanel had become tyrannic and extremely lonely. In her last years she was sometimes accompanied by Jacques Chazot and her confidante Lilou Marquand. A faithful friend was also the Brazilian Aimee de Heeren who lived in Paris four months a year at the nearby hotel Muerice. The former rivals shared happy souvenirs of times with the Duke of West Minster and they used to walk together around central Paris. She died at the at of 87 in Paris France January 10,1971 at the hotel Ritz.