Coco Chanel

By: Jocelyn Gordon

Coco Chanel was born Gabrielle Bonheur Chanel on August 19, 1833 - January 10,1971. She was born and raised in Saumur France by her parents, Eugénie Jeanne Devolle, and Albert Chanel. She was known as a was a French Fashion designer and founder of the Chanel brand. Along with Paul Poiret. Chanel was known for her lifelong determination, ambition, and energy which she applied to her professional and social life. She achieved both success as a business woman and social prominence thanks to the connections she made through her work. Her early years however, were anything but glamorous. After her mother’s death, Chanel was put in an orphanage by her father who worked as a peddler. She was raised by nuns who taught her how to sew—a skill that would lead to her life’s work. Opening her first shop on Paris’s Rue Cambon in 1910, Chanel started out selling hats. In the 1920s, Chanel took her thriving business to new heights. She launched her first perfume, Chanel No. 5, which was the first to feature a designer’s name. Another 1920s revolutionary design was Chanel’s 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 1969, Chanel’s fascinating life story became the basis for the Broadway musical Coco starring Katharine Hepburn as the legendary designer. Soon after Coco then died on January 10th, 1971 at her apartment in the Hotel Ritz, she was 71 years old. Her legacy still continues til this day as her products sell more and more everyday of the year. One of her famous quotes were, "In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different".

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