Chanel is a French luxury fashion house that was founded by couturière Coco Chanel in 1910. It focuses on women’s ready-to-wear clothes, luxury goods and accessories. Wikipedia
Coco Chanel outraged the fashion world when she wore pants in Venice, to make travelling by gondola easier. Coco Chanel decided that there was no comfortable way to ride a horse while wearing a long skirt. She was always a risk taker which made her go places for sure!
Coco Chanel gave us the most famous perfume, Chanel No 5. The perfume was launched in 1921 and had its place in history secured when Marilyn Monroe was asked what she wore to bed and she answered “Just a few drops of Chanel No 5″. It was called Chanel No 5 as it was the 5th scent from her samples. She was pretty simple with the names of her products.
When Chanel was 12 her mother died of bronchitis. Her father sent her two brothers to work at a farm and he left the three sisters to the convent of Aubazine, which ran an orphanage. Her starting point was zero it is fantastic what she was able to do.
Chanel revolutionized women’s fashion when she freed them from the “dresses in which one can’t move”. The famous Chanel suit has a military-inspired jacket, pad pockets and buttons that look like jewelry.
Coco Chanel never missed an opportunity to criticize her contemporaries: she accused Christian Dior of dressing women like armchairs and said that she admired Balenciaga’s designs but questioned his ability to cut. She even commeted on Paul Poiret’s designs that they were costumes rather than clothes people could actually wear.
At her funeral, the first seats were occupied by her models and her coffin was covered with white flowers (camellias, gardenias, orchids, azaleas and red roses). Coco Chanel is buried in Lausanne, Switzerland. Her headstone was designed by the designer herself and features the emblematic lion. “Without stone above me, I would like to leave if I had the wish to go to Heaven and dress the angels”, she said.