Gabrielle Bonheur Chanel
Even though she is known as Coco Chanel throughout the whole world, she was at once called Gabrielle Bonheur Chanel. This trendsetting French woman was born in August 19,1883 but began her career as a fashion designer in the 1909. She was all about women’s rights and creating simple but comfortable clothing. As I interviewed her, she told me “ Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.” I believe her those words exactly, many people do not appreciate the hard work of designers and those who started a revolution like Coco Chanel.
When I asked Coco Chanel about her first job in the fashion industry, she explained that it took place during WWI in 1909 and her goal was to make a “working costume” for women who took over the jobs of fighting men during the war. In 1912 she opened her first shop but it was the 1920’s when she really started becoming an icon. The roaring twenties were all about becoming “someone” and separating yourself from the old and “making life new.” This was what Coco Chanel was all about. Her styles were ahead of her time. “Fashion passes, style remains” is something else that she has said. When I asked her about the style of clothing that she created, she reminded me that she wanted women to be comfortable but still look classy and fabulous. Her style was a jersey dress and black fabric. Later she created an alternative style of dressing which was consisted of men’s pullover sweaters, sailor jackets, and straight skirts. At this particular time period, not many women were willing to change their point of view on dressing, they were known to be dressed properly with tight waistlines and their husbands agreed also. But Coco Chanel abandoned cinched waistlines (no emphasis on waist definition) and women started to follow this revolution. The colors that she mainly used were cream, beige, sand, and navy....
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