S: Meghan Ferguson Pd.3 Ms.Smith Hrs.English II
FC: Coco Chanel
1: Coco Chanel is best known for creating the "little black dress." | She was born August 19, 1883
2: Her real name is Gabrielle Bonheur Chanel. As a child her mother died. Then her father abandoned her and her four siblings. They were seperated and put into different orphanges.
3: She wasn't able to afford all the cool clothes, so she made her own.
4: Her first shop was actually a hat shop. To get it started she had help from two men she was interested in.
5: She was very daring. She cut her hair short and smoked cigarettes in public. She abandoned the fancy victorian styles for a more sleek,sporty mens wear look. It became the new look in the 1920s and 30s.
6: Coco had many love interests. Her first true love was "Boy" Capel. He died in a tragic car accident. She also had many other affairs,but never married or had children.
7: She created Chanel No. 5 and introduced it in 1922. It was also the first perfume to have a designer's name.
9: Chanel created the little black dress, Chanel No.5 perfume, hats, jumpers, jersey dresses, and pleated knee length skirts.
10: During WWII, she was forced to close her shops in Paris.
11: During the war, she had an affair with a Nazi officer. After having people find out, she fled to Switzerland.
12: In 1954, she made her comeback. She designed women's suits, bell bottoms, and purses.
13: She died at the age of 87 in 1971. She was found dead in her apartment at the Ritz Hotel.
14: After Chanel's death, Karl Lagerfield ran the company and still does today.
15: Coco Chanel entered fashion by creating a name for herself in the fashion world, embracing the look, and doing it in style. She reinvented fashion in a way that no one else could.