Coco Chanel was born on the 19th of August, 1883, in Saumur, France. Gabrielle Bonheur Chanel (her birth name) was sent along with her two sisters, at the age of 12, to an orphanage after their mother passed away. Her two brothers were sent off to a farm to work as child labourers. The nuns at the orphanage taught her how to sew – this set her on track to becoming one of the most influential fashion icons and designers that have ever lived. She opened her first clothing shop in 1910 (selling hats) after a brief singing career and, in the 1920’s, she launched her first perfume. She went on to create clothing dedicated to being fashionable as well as comfortable – my kind of lady!
She died on the 10th of January 1971.
What makes Coco truly special is that her designs are still fashionable today. The trademark little black dress, suits and scent are a few of her classic creations. Perfume “is the unseen, unforgettable, ultimate accessory of fashion. . . . that heralds your arrival and prolongs your departure,” Chanel once explained. She will forever be a fashion icon who famously said,“luxury must be comfortable, otherwise it is not luxury.” The evolution of her life was drastic: her beginning was anything but glamorous and the end was anything but not.
Here are a few of my all-time favourite Coco Chanel quotes:
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