Coco Chanel

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Coco Chanel: Most influential women’s fashion designer
The designs created by Coco Chanel have had the greatest impact on women’s fashion. Her designs are classic, timeless, and still very popular today. All of her accomplishments were because of her hard work, dedication, and being her own person.

Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel was born on August 19, 1883 in Saumur, France. (A+E Television Networks, LLC “Coco Chanel Biography”) When Chanel was twelve years old, her mother, Jeanne Devolle, past away from tuberculosis. A week after her mother’s passing, her father, Albert Chanel, who was a street peddler, abandoned Chanel along with her brothers and sisters. (Savio Dsilva “Coco Chanel Biography & Life Story”) After Chanel and her siblings had been abandoned, they were placed into an orphanage, where they were raised by nuns and Chanel was taught how to sew. (Famous Women and Beauty “Coco Chanel Biography”)

Chanel and her sister, Julie, eventually became too old for the orphanage and were placed into boarding school. At the age of eighteen, Chanel had a brief career as a singer, where she performed in cabarets. One night when Chanel performed at La Rotonde, she sang a song about a lady who had lost her dog named Coco; from that point on, she was referred to as Coco Chanel. (L.G &J.C “The Influence of Coco Chanel”) Chanel was performing on another night, when she met a man named Etienne Balsan. She became his mistress and he supported her by buying her lavishing gifts. During the time Chanel was with Etienne, she began designing hats, something she would soon have a deep interest for. (A+E Television Networks, LLC “Coco Chanel biography”)

Chanel’s affair with Etienne Balsan ended, and she soon met a new man named Arthur Capel, who helped Chanel to open her first milliner shop, in Paris, France in 1910. (Famous women and beauty “Coco Chanel biography”) Her first milliner store was opened on Paris’s Rue Cambon, where she only designed hats. (A+E Television Networks, LLC “Coco Chanel biography”) Her hats were designed for high class women who spread her name all throughout Paris. Thanks to Arthur, who had urged Chanel to open her first store and because it was such a success, she opened a boutique in Deauville, France, in 1913. From that point on, Chanel not only designed hats, she also became a clothing designer as well. (Famous women and beauty “Coco Chanel biography”)

Chanel’s first clothing success was a dress, which she designed from an old jersey. After several people asked where she had purchased her dress, she told them she was the designer. Those people immediately began to ask her if she could design one for them as well. (A+E Television Networks, LLC “Coco Chanel biography”) In 1925, Chanel launched her signature cardigan jacket. The following year, she launched her famous design of the ‘little black dress’. Even though both designs are still very popular today, her creation of the little black dress is a famous design known all over the world. It is considered a simple, yet classic design by many people, such as aspiring designers hoping to become famous. (AETN UK “Coco Chanel biography”)

In 1939, World War II was declared. Chanel put her designs on hold and closed up her store. (Famous women and beauty “Coco Chanel biography”) After Chanel closed up her store, she started a new career as a nurse; however, this career change did not last very long. (AETN UK “Coco Chanel biography”) In September of 1944, Chanel was arrested because of rumors that had spread around stating that she was romantically involved with a German officer. After she was released from jail a couple of hours later, she packed up her things and moved to Switzerland for almost ten years. (Famous women and beauty “Coco Chanel biography”)

On February 5, 1954, Chanel returned back to Paris and reopened her store. That night, she hosted a fashion show to show off her first collection after the war. Chanel was never seen the whole night...
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