Coco Chanel was a French fashion designer and businesswoman who was considered the most revolutionary stylist of the 1900s. Her simple yet sophisticated design inspired women to abandon the complicated, uncomfortable clothes, such as the “corseted silhouette” that was ruling beforehand. Chanel made herself more known when she launched her first perfume and eventually introduced Chanel suits and “little black dress” that became her fashion icon.
Coco Chanel’s original name was Gabrielle Chanel. She acquired the name Coco during her singing days and later revealed that Coco was the nickname given by her father. Chanel started as a cabaret singer. She grew up in an orphanage, and there she learned to sew. She opened her first boutique in Paris and named it Chanel Modes. She lived in Hotel Ritz, Paris, for more than 30 years and passed away there in 1971.
She introduced pants for women, and the idea came to her when she was travelling by gondola in Venice. Her zodiac sign was Leo, and hence the symbol of Lion is present in Chanel’s jewellery. Black was her favourite colour. Her Headstone was designed by herself and featured the emblematic lion.
After having a 10-year affair with the second Duke of Westminster, she refused his marriage proposal and mentioned, “There are lots of Duchesses, but only one Coco Chanel.” She never used to design for free, and hence she never designed even for royalty. She also used to criticise the contemporary designers of her time every now and then. She never appreciated the idea of mini skirts.
She was buried in her favourite Chanel suit, a beige and white tweet suit decorated with the designer’s iconic gold buttons and braid.