Coco Chanel

Coco Chanel with Jean Cocteau
Born Gabrielle Bonheur Chanel in 1883, Coco Chanel was a famous French fashion designer who revolutionized the fashion industry. Born into extreme poverty, Chanel was not of the "breeding" as the other designers of her time. Living in a French orphanage influenced Chanel's love of simple, clean lines and "boyish" designs. Chanel's clothing was menswear inspired, focused o­n simplicity and comfort, and liberating to women who had suffered with the uncomfortable fashions of the pervious decade.

During the 1920s, Coco Chanel opened her first shop at 31 rue Cambon. In 1922, Coco Chanel introduced her famous perfume, Chanel No. 5, which is still extremely popular today. By the mid 1920s, Chanel was able to open two boutiques: o­ne in Paris and the other in Biarritz. Her three shops employers over 300 people and her designs continued to flourish.

Chanel is responsible for the idea that every woman should own a "little black dress." Introduced to the fashion world in 1926, the little black dress remains a classic staple in every woman's wardrobe. In the 1930s, Coco Chanel created the now famous Chanel suit. Known for its boxy lines and slim skirt lined with a gold chain. The Chanel suit remains o­ne of the most popular selling fashions.

The Duke of Westminster a. Coco Chanel
At her death in 1971, Coco Chanel had become a legend in the fashion world. o­ne of Chanel's most famous quotes was "In order to be irreplaceable o­ne must always be different." Coco Chanel certainly was both different and irreplaceable. Chanel purses, accessories, and clothing remains timeless and stylish within the fashion world.