Fundamentals of Oral Communication
Topic: Coco Chanel
General Purpose: To Inform
Specific Purpose: By the end of my speech the audience will know better about Coco Chanel. Thesis: Coco Chanel brought the world of high fashion to the masses.
I. Does anyone know what this logo is?
A. I am assuming most of women in this room know what this is. B. This is Chanel logo, one of the most famous fashion brand in the world. C. A lot of women know Chanel and they are fascinated of Chanel products, but how many people know about Coco Chanel, the first designer of Chanel? II. Today, I am going to inform my audience about who Coco Chanel was, and her famous fashion product lines. III. Thesis statement: Coco Chanel brought the world of high fashion to the masses. Transition: Now, let’s begin with who Coco Chanel was.
I. Who is Coco Chanel?
A. She is a successful woman who overcame being an orphan. 1. Coco was born out of wedlock in the French town of Saumur in the Loire Valley on 19 August 1883 ( De La Haye, 2005). a. Coco was sent to an orphanage with her two sisters when her mom died of asthma at her age twelve, and her father left his children. b. In 1900, at her age seventeenth, she left the orphanage and attended the local convent school in Moulins (South of France) (De La Haye, 2005). c. Having been taught to sew by her aunts, her sister and she found work as dressmakers, assisting Monsieur Henri Desboutin of the House of Grampayre( De La Haye, 2005) 2. By 1903, Chanel moved to Paris and had become the mistress of a well-to-do young military officer, Etinenne Balsan (J. Baughman (Ed.), 2001). a. She started designing hats for her friends.
b. Around 1910 Balsan and her lover Capel helped Chanel set up a millinery shop at 21 rue Cambon in Paris (J. Baughman (Ed.), 2001). c. Her Simple, elegant hats charmed the society women to whom Balsan and Capel...