Fashion Lesson: COCO CHANEL
CHANEL…C-H-A-N-E-L….Coco Chanel….Gabrielle Bonheur "Coco" Chanel...spell it, whisper it, scream it – it will mean much more, each and every time.
Coco Chanel – the woman who change the world of fashion and business fashion. Coco Chanel – the one who dressed Marylin Monroe with only few drops of perfume. Coco Chanel – the fashion designer, the ambition and energy of a woman who was more than a revolution.
With her trademark suits and little black dresses, fashion designer Coco Chanel created timeless designs that are still popular today.
Around the age of 20, Chanel became involved with Etienne Balsan, who offered to help her start a millinery business in Paris.
Opening her first shop on Paris’s Rue Cambon in 1910, Chanel started out selling hats.
In the 1920s, Chanel took her thriving business to new heights. She launched her first perfume, Chanel No. 5, which was the first to feature a designer’s name. Perfume “is the unseen, unforgettable, ultimate accessory of fashion. . . . that heralds your arrival and prolongs your departure,” Chanel once explained.
In 1925, she introduced the now legendary Chanel suit with collarless jacket and well-fitted skirt.
Another 1920s revolutionary design was Chanel’s little black dress. She took a color once associated with mourning and showed just how chic it could be for evening wear.