The little black dress, the quilted bag, her signature perfume No. 5 … you probably already know we are talking about the one and only, Coco Chanel. Her mission was to create fashionable pieces that will not follow the existing trends, but to create legendary pieces that will never be forgotten.
She was born Gabrielle Bonheur Chanel on August 19, 1883, in Saumur, France. Her life was an unbelievable adventure, full with ups and downs; she had a rough childhood, losing her mother when she was only 12 years old. She ended up in an orphanage where she learned to sew from the nuns and this was her stepping stone into the magical world of creating masterpieces. She stepped into the fashion world without even knowing and became one of the most influential designers of 20th century.
Another interesting fact is that she had a brief career as a singer before opening her first clothes shop in 1910. Her nickname came while she was singing in clubs in Vichy and Moulins. Despite her timeless fashion designs, that every woman wants to have, she always had something smart to say. She inspired and still inspires many women around the world with her work ethics and her ingenious thoughts on life, fashion, money, love, feminism, love, and men. She was and still is a symbol of feminine power.
Her mind was truly brilliant, that's why she managed to create an amazing empire out of her brand. Even the First World War didn't stop her from working. She was always a creator and never a follower, which is why her name will always be written with golden letters in the fashion history. After her death, Karl Lagerfeld took over the company in 1983 and continued her legacy, trying to follow the path that she left behind.
"There are people who have money and people who are rich." – Coco Chanel
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