Coco Chanel: From Cafe to Couture

From her trademark suits to little black dresses, Coco Chanel created timeless designs that inspired women in France to abandon there tight and uncomfortable corsets.

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My name is Julianne Landrum and I am a new student at Holman Middle School. I live right outside of Richmond in Henrico County.

I created this website for an English nonfiction project. Our teacher began discussing with is the difference between reliable and unreliable websites. We talked about what goes into a good website and the guidelines for what we need to have in it. For a while now, we have been researching information about our chosen "person", (we each chose a certain person that had an impact on America, or even the whole world). I chose Gabrielle Bonheur Chanel, the fashion icon of the 19th century. I hope you find the information and facts on this website to be helpful and interesting.

Coco Chanel: Career Life

Gabrielle Bonheur Chanel was born August 19, 1883, in Saumur, France. Chanel is most famous for her incredible designs, trademark suits, and the little black dresses.  Before Chanel's main career began, she was a singer at a cafe. This is where she got her nickname Coco; french for "kept women". In 1910 she opened up a small designer clothes shop were she launched her first Chanel perfume. Soon after, she showcased her Chanel suits and her famous "little black dress" collection.  Coco became a worshiped style icon for french women, known for her simple yet sophisticated outfits, usually paired with classic jewelry, such as several strands of white pearls. As Gabrielle once said, "Luxury must be comfortable, otherwise it is not luxury."

Coco chanel: Early Life

Although later in her life Gabrielle was very successful, her early life was anything but glamorous. She was born from an unmarried mother, who later died in 1918 when Coco was 13. Coco was raised by nuns in a poorhouse (orphanage) and taught to sew. After her mother’s death, Chanel was put in an orphanage by her father, who worked as a peddler. Her father never visited and soon disappeared after  he l.She was raised by nuns who taught her how to sew—a skill that would lead to her life’s work.

Little Black Dress - Ruffle

Gabrielle had an unending energy that kept her working on late-night ideas. Coco Chanel’s inventive, high-fashion ideas helped french women abandon their tight, uncomfortable corsets and petticoats. Chanel’s first clothing item, also her most famous, was the little black dress. Chanel suits, jewelry, and accessories soon became popular allover for french women. Overall, Coco Chanel was the top vogue image for the entirety of France. Although Coco Chanel's tragic death spread through France, the Chanel fashion line still lives on. Over 300 Chanel shops are still open today.

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sources:

"Coco Chanel." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, n.d. Web. 12 Jan. 2015.

Bio.com. A&E Networks Television, n.d. Web. 12 Jan. 2015.

"Coco Chanel - Designer History, Biography, Quotes & Facts." Vogue UK. N.p., n.d. Web. 12 Jan. 2015.

"BIOGRAPHY: Coco Chanel." Lifetime. N.p., n.d. Web. 11 Jan. 2015.

Comment Stream

2 years ago
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Great job describing her early life, but I think you could say more about her designs.

2 years ago
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I didn't know that she was an orphan.

2 years ago
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i didnt know that she made a company, ive never even heard of her! great job! ツ

2 years ago
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I didn't know she was an orphan. Great fact

2 years ago
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I've heard of chanel, but didn't know her story ツ (I can do it too Fred)

2 years ago
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Did she have any children, or someone who inherited the company in her familly

2 years ago
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It's cool that no body else chose her even though she is pretty cool

2 years ago
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It's so sad the her mother died when Coco was so yonu.

2 years ago
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*young