Coco Chanel's Life Changing Designs

Gabrielle Chanel's Hard Knock Child Life

Gabrielle Chanel was born on August 19, 1883 in Samur, France.  Her mother died when she was 6 and she had 4 other siblings.  When her mother died, her father couldn't take care of the family, so he sent her to "Catholic monastery of Aubazine orphanage."  During this time, Chanel found her life very hard leaving her family, dealing with her mother's death, and her loneliness, until nun's raised her, taught her how to sew, and worship God.  She left the orphanage at age 18.

If you visit Samur, France this is what it would look like this today.

Gabrielle's Nickname

People call Gabrielle Chanel Coco Chanel.  After she left the orphanage, she had a very short career as a singer and would preform at clubs in Vichy and Moulins. Because of the songs she sang, they called her Coco “Shortened version of cocotte (the French word for ‘kept woman')," said Chanel. Chanel met Etienne Balsan during her short career.  In 1908 she became his mistress and lived with him for three years.  At age 23, still mistress of Balsan, she started creating and designing hats which soon turned into a commercial venture,  which led to her first store.

Etienne Balsan was a textile heir and a rich ex-military officer.

Chanel's Beautiful Life

We know that Chanel was born August 19, 1883 in Samur, France, which led to Coco having a hard childhood from 1889-1896.  Chanel opened her first clothes shop in 1910 on Paris’s Rue Cambon selling hats.  After a little while, she added stores in two more stores and started making clothes.  She had more people wanting to buy her clothes when she made a dress she designed out of an old jersey on a chilly day.  When she wore it, lots of people asked her about where she got the dress.  She said that she would be willing to make one for them.  

Chanel made a lot of new clothes during 1910-1924, such as over-the-top faux jewelry, Gypsy skirts, and glittering evening wear made from crystal and jet beads.  Later, Chanel met Ernest Beaux, a perfume maker, who was already working on a perfume for someone.  When Coco saw what he was making, she smelled it, made suggestions, and begged him for the perfume.  In 1924, Coco released Chanel No. 5-the first perfume ever to have a designer's name.  In 1969, Chanel’s amazing life became the main point for the Broadway musical Coco starring Katharine Hepburn as the amazing Chanel.

Chanel lived a wonderful life, but sadly died at her apartment in the Hotel Ritz on January 10, 1971.

This is the legendary perfume that Chanel sold that is still very popular today.

Citations:

"Coco Chanel Quotes." BrainyQuote. Xplore, n.d. Web. 07 Jan. 2015.

"Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel." Entrepreneur. N.p., n.d. Web. 19 Dec. 2014.

"Coco Chanel Biography." Bio.com. A&E Networks Television, n.d. Web. 15 Dec. 2014.

"BIOGRAPHY: Coco Chanel." Lifetime. N.p., n.d. Web. 15 Dec. 2014.

Publisher/Purpose

My name is Casey.  I have created this website to tell you about the amazing Coco Chanel.  She was an amazing woman with a rough beginning and a wonderful ending.  I decided to tell you about her specifically, because I am very into fashion and enjoy leaning about fashion designers.  If you have any feedback, please go to the comment section below.  

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2 years ago
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I think that you did an outstanding job! Your website has helped me learn so much more about Coco Chanel!

2 years ago
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what was her favorite thing to make and design?

2 years ago
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I love how they say parfum on the bottle!

2 years ago
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I love how you had facts at the bottom of all the pictures, this website helped me learn a lot about Coco Chanel

2 years ago
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Awesome facts

2 years ago
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@hcpshessberge I don't know the answer to that, but I personally think she loved everything!!!!

2 years ago
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Did she go to the orphanage with her siblings as well

2 years ago
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Where did she live as an adult?

2 years ago
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@hcpshalliw no, she didn't. Her siblings went to other areas of friends, extended family, and other places. She was the only one to go to that orphanage...I don't know if anyone else went to an orphanage.

2 years ago
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Emma: She stayed in France all of her life, but I don't know exactly where she lives as an adult.