Good morning lovelies! This article is about one of the most iconic fashion designers ever: Coco Chanel. I hope you all enjoy it!
"A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous."
"Fashion fades, only style remains the same."
"Success is often achieved by those who don't know that failure is inevitable."
"Hard times arouse an instinctive desire for authenticity."
"Women have always been the strong ones of the world. The men are always seeking from women a little pillow to put their heads down. They are always longing for the mother who held them as infants."

Full Name: Gabrielle Bonheur "Coco" Chanel
Born: 19 August 1883, Saumur, France
Died: 10 January 1971, Paris France

Early Life:
The beginning of Chanel's life was anything but glamorous. After the death of her mother, Chanel's father put her into an orphanage where she was raised by nuns. These nuns were the women taught Coco how to sew, which would be a skill that helped her create her life's work. Before gracing the world with her signature suits and little black dresses, Chanel had a brief career as a singer. Chanel performed in clubs in Vichy and Moulins where she received her nickname "Coco". Some say the nickname came from one of the songs she used to perform and Chanel herself said that it was a "shortened version of cocotte, the French word for kept woman".

Fashion and Fragrance Pioneer:
At around 20 years of age, Chanel had become involved with Etienne Baisan, who offered to help her to start her millinery business in Paris. However, soon after she left Baisan for one of his wealthier friends, Arthur "Boy" Capel. Both of these men played an important role when it came to Chanel's first venture in fashion.
Chanel opened her first shop in Paris's Rue Cambon in 1910, where she originally sold hats. When Chanel had started to make clothes she had already started adding more stores in Deauville and Biarritz.
Taking her booming business to new heights in the 1920s, Chanel decided it was time to launch her own perfume range. Chanel No.5 was the first perfume to feature a designer's name. Chanel explained that perfume "is the unseen, unforgettable, ultimate accessory of fashion... that heralds your arrival and prolongs your departure".

Suit and Little Black Dress:
1925 was the year Chanel introduced her now legendary Chanel suit with features such as the collarless jacket and the well-fitted skirt. Borrowing elements from men's wear, Chanel's revolutionary designs emphasised comfort over constraints of the then-popular fashion trends.
Chanel's little black dress was another ground-breaking design in the 1920s. Taking a colour that was always associated with mourning, Chanel showed just how luxurious black can be for evening wear.

Legacy:
1969 was the year that brought to life Chanel's endearing life story in Broadway Musicals. The musical was called Coco and saw Katherine Hepburn portraying the iconic designer. The show received 7 Tony award nominations, while costume designer Cecil Beaton won the award for Best Costume Design.
Coco Chanel died on the 10th of January 1971 in her apartment in the Hotel Ritz. Hundreds crowded together at the Church of the Madeleine to bid their farewells to the legendary fashion designer. To pay tribute to Chanel many of the mourners wore Chanel suits.
To continue Chanel's legacy a little more than a decade later, designer Karl Lagerfeld took the reins of her company. There have been several biographies about Chanel including one written by her friend Edmonde Charles-Roux which is called 'Chanel and Her World' (2005).

If you would like to know more about Chanel then I suggest reading Coco Chanel: The Illustrated World of a Fashion Icon by Megan Hess. It is an absolutely amazing book with illustrations that are truly beautiful and is a really interesting read.

Thanks for reading!
22/09/2017