Fashion,  Inspiration

From Living In A Orphanage To World Class Fashion Icon, Inspiring Story of Coco Chanel

One of the Famous Fashion Designer of All time Coco Chanel was born in August1 883 in France. She is known for Chanel Brand as she was the founder and a very successful business women at that time. Coco was also famous for her little black dresses, timeless designs and trademark suits. She was brought up in an orphanage by her father in the early days of her life. During those days, she was taught how to sew after few years she went to live in a boarding house for Catholic girls in the town of Moulins.

As she knew how to sew in six years in that orphanage, Coco found that her career would be as seamstress. Later, she also started singing at cafe-concert in a Moulins pavilion. She was a performer who entertained crowd in the cafe when the star turns out, it was the days when she acquired name “Coco” by spending her night singing in the cabaret. By performing in many places, Chanel thought her singing will take her to the music industry but soon she failed to find stage work at that time & realised that a serious stage career was not in her future.

During the early days of her twenties, Chanel met Etienne Balsan, who offered to help her start a millinery business in Paris. In the year 1910, she opened her first shop on Paris’ Rue Cambon she started out selling hats. After that she later added stores in Deauville and Biarritz and began making clothes.

Her first taste of clothing success came from a dress she fashioned out of an old jersey on a chilly day. In response to the many people who asked about where she got the dress, she offered to make one for them. “My fortune is built on that old jersey that I’d put on because it was cold in Deauville,” she once told author Paul Morand.

In the 1920s, Chanel took her thriving business to new heights in Paris. 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.  By 1927, Chanel owned five properties on the rue Cambon building numbered 23 to 31 featuring clothing, hats, accessories, jewellery and fragrances.

During Chanel’s affair with the Duke of Westminster in the 1930s, her style began to reflect her personal emotions. Her inability to reinvent the little black dress was a sign of such reality. She began to design a “less is more” aesthetic. Her designs were revolutionary for the time—borrowing elements of men’s wear and emphasizing comfort over the constraints of then-popular fashions. She helped women say goodbye to the days of corsets and other confining garments. During the World War II her company suffered from negative impact and she fired her all workers and shut down her shops. In those days, she moved to Switzerland & lived in her home country for many years. At the age of 70, Chanel made a triumphant return to the fashion world. She first received scathing reviews from critics, but her feminine and easy-fitting designs soon won over shoppers around the world.

Coco Chanel died on January 10, 1971, at her apartment in the Hotel Ritz. She never married, having once said “I never wanted to weigh more heavily on a man than a bird.” Hundreds crowded together at the Church of the Madeleine to bid farewell to the fashion icon. In tribute, many of the mourners wore Chanel suits.

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