No matter who you are you know the name Coco Chanel.
Born Gabrielle Bonheur Chasnel (they misspelled her name in the registry)
in Saumur France, August 19,1883.
She aquired the name "Coco" possibly because of the two popular songs she would sing, "Ko Ko Ri Ko" and "Qui qu'a vu Coco."She at first wanted to be on stage and become a singer but also worked as a seamtress for six years. After that she became Etienne Balsan's mistress and was showered with beautiful diamonds and the rich life. But soon began another affair with one of his friends, Capel who financed Chanel's first shops. This affair lasted nine years, though he was never faithful to her and even after marrying in 1918 he did not break off completely with Chanel. His death in a car accident, in late 1919, was the single most devastating event in Chanel's life.
She at first began to make hats and then took the city by storm when she began to design clothes. Menswear inspired clothes that is, which in the 1900's it was outrageous! She completely changed the outlook on fashion and women apparel. She has inspired so many people around the world and was the only fashion designer to appear on Times Magazine list of the 100 most influential people of the 20th century! Her style is iconic, her image is known everywhere. Her name will always live on.
Quotes I love:
"The two men I’ve loved, I think, will remember me, on earth or in heaven, because men always remember a woman who caused them concern and uneasiness. "
"Women think of all colors except the absence of color. I have said that black has it
all. White too. Their beauty is absolute. It is the perfect harmony."
"My life didn't please me, so I created my life."
“To achieve great things, we must first dream.”
I could have written a book about her but I will only give you this very short version of her influence. Especially on a young designer