|Signature Scent - Mine is her's|
Gabrielle Bonheur "Coco" Chanel
(August 19, 1883 – January 10, 1971)
|Photo Credit: Biography.com|
Coco Chanel lived a truly remarkable life--and not only because she created one of the most iconic fashion brands. In an era when women were suppressed, she blazed a trail in her own stylish way.
The forward-thinking designer--Gabrielle, nicknamed Coco was raised in an orphanage. The nuns taught her how to sew but initially she embarked a career as a cabaret style singer in Paris cafés. The money earned was what the performer managed to accumulate when the plate was passed in the audience. It was at this time that Gabrielle acquired the name "Coco", possibly based on two popular songs with which she became identified, "Ko Ko Ri Ko", and "Qui qu'a vu Coco" Chanel decided that she simply mediocre as a singer and would not excel at it. It was at this time that she chose to set her sights on fashion.
|The iconic logo was created in 1925 by Coco herself.|
Captain Arthur Edward 'Boy' Capel, a wealthy member of the English upper class, who put Chanel in an apartment in Paris and financed her first shop was also her lover. Chanel and Capel had an on-and-off again long term relationship that continued even after he married a wealthy aristocratic. Rumor is that Capel died in a car accident on his way to finally be with Chanel indefinitely. Chanel's depression from his death ultimately inspired one of her best-known creations, The Little Black Dress.
Even her career in fashion, which turned into a legacy label, had its ups and downs. Chanel was forced to shutter the business entirely during World War II. Don’t call it a comeback but Coco re-entered the world of fashion, defying fashionable age limitations in 1954 when she was 71 years old.
Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel passed away at 88 at the Hotel Ritz on Sunday, January 10th 1971. She left behind a legacy that women should never have to decide between looking beautiful and feeling free. Her other famous achievements were jewelry, purses, the Camellia flower, and various perfumes such as the iconic Chanel no. 5 and her signature COCO scent.
In addition to her significant mark in the fashion world , the highly quoted Coco left some wise words that were fiercely female. 🖤