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Coco Chanel

Coco Chanel

Gabrielle "Coco" Bonheur Chanel was a French fashion designer and founder of the Chanel brand. She was the only fashion designer to be named on Time 100: The Most Important People of the Century

 

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Popularized the sun-tanned look in the 1920s after appearing on her vacation yacht with a sun tan. Prior to that, porcelain white skin was popular, because it was believed that only people of lower class worked in the sun and were therefore tan.

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Chanel's tweed blazer and skirt, two-toned ballet flat, little black dress, costume jewelry, and quilted bag with chain strap remain staples in the fashion pantheon, even as contemporary designers and labels introduce reiterations of them season after season.

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She closed her shops in 1939 at the beginning of World War II and did not return to fashion until 1954, when she debuted bell-bottom pants. Chanel died in 1971.

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Chanel continues to be one of the leading fashion companies in the world.  It produces the highest quality clothing, makeup, fragrance, accessories, jewelry, and eyewear.  Karl Lagerfeld is now the head of design and says Coco is part of the inspiration for every new piece. 

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Another long lasting creation of Coco’s is the fragrance “Chanel Number Five.” In 1923, it was the first fragrance to be named after a designer and also to be sold worldwide.  It continues to be one of the most well known fragrances in the world. 

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Chanel's popularity helps us understand tensions in women's changing identity in the 1920s, when she became indelibly famous

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Took on the nickname Coco after her 1905 performance of the song, "Qui qu'a vu Coco dans le Trocadero" for a crowd of uniformed admirers at La Rotande, a music hall in a small, provincial town.

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She's the designer, so legend has it, who single-handedly freed women from corsets and the constrictions of elaborate, ornate clothes; she created the sexy and iconic little black dress, and, of course, the coveted perfume, Chanel No. 5. She was feisty, she was strong-willed: she was a genius who conquered a fashion world dominated by men. The uber-feminist: that was Chanel.

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Her early years, however, were anything but glamorous. After her mother’s death, Chanel was put in an orphanage by her father who worked as a peddler. She was raised by nuns who taught her how to sew—a skill that would lead to her life’s work. Her nickname came from another occupation entirely. During her brief career as a singer, Chanel performed in clubs in Vichy and Moulins where she was called “Coco.”

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Fashion designer. Born on August 19, 1883, in Saumur, France. With her trademark suits and little black dresses, Coco Chanel created timeless designs that are still popular today. She herself became a much revered style icon known for her simple yet sophisticated outfits paired with great accessories, such as several strands of pearls.

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