Tuesday, March 02, 2010
Gabrielle 'Coco' Chanel
From her first millinery shop, opened in 1912, to the 1920s, Gabrielle 'Coco' Chanel (August 19 1883-January 10 1971) rose to become one of the premier fashion designers in Paris, France and around the world. Replacing the corset with comfort and casual elegance, her fashion themes included simple suits and dresses, women's trousers, costume jewelry, perfume and textiles. She became is synonymous with elegance and her brand thrives almost forty years after her death. Her versatile, semi-formal "little black dress" became a Chanel trademark and an enduring fashion standard not to mention the much-copied "Chanel suit.". A tireless worker and a risk taker, she changed fashion and the world.
“Success is often achieved by those who don't know that failure is inevitable.”-Gabrielle 'Coco' Chanel