How Coco Chanel Went From Orphaned Child To Fashion Icon

How Coco Chanel Went From Orphaned Child To Fashion Icon

Coco Chanel was one of the most influential fashion designers of the 20th century. Her aesthetic encouraged women to embrace comfortable yet classy outfits, such as the jersey dress, the Chanel tweed suit, and the little black dress. Her first perfume, Chanel No. 5, was the first fragrance named after its designer.

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Key Facts In This Video

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    Along with her two sisters, Gabrielle Chanel was abandoned by her father at age 12 and sent to an orphanage at a convent. (0:26)

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    In the early 1900s, Coco Chanel sold hats that daringly eschewed the familiar gaudy birds and feathers. (1:31)

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    Coco Chanel opened her first couture house in Paris in 1918. (2:16)

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