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By: Chantell Ruffin

Real name was Gabrielle Bonheur Chanel.

Fashion designer Coco Chanel, born August 19, 1883, in Saumur, France.  


Coco Chanel is famous for he timeless designs, trademark suits, and little black dresses. Chanel was raised in an orphanage and taught to sew. 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.  Around the age of 20, she became involved with Etienne Balsan who offered to help her start a millinery business in Paris.  Opening her first shop on Paris's Rue Cambon, Chanel started selling hats. She later added stores in Deauville and Biarritz and began making clothes.  In the 1920s, Chanel took her thriving business to new heights.  

Love Life

In the 1923 Coco met the wealthy duke of Westminster aboard his yacht and the two started the beginning of a something new.  When Westminster proposed Coco reportedly said "There have been several Duchesses of Westminster-  but there is only one Chanel!"

Interesting facts

She was the first person to have a vanity perfume. '

Chanel once had a affair with an Nazi officer.

Nuns taught Coco Chanel everything she know.

Before she was a designer, she was a singer.

Until her death in 1971, her fashion empire brought in more than $160 million per year.“Coco’s real first name Gabriel.

She got Coco from a song she performed in a musical called

‘Qui qu’a vu Coco’.”


Coco Chanel died January 10, 1971.

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