Women of Interest – Coco Chanel

Coco Chanel was born August 19, 1883, in Saumur, Maine-et-Loire, France, and died January 10, 1971, in Paris, France. Chanel is famous for her trademark suits, her little black dress, and of course her perfume, Chanel No.5. Following the death of her mother, she was put in an orphanage by her father. The nuns taught her to sew, thus launching her future career.  Coco’s desire was to create clothes for women that were stylish, yet comfortable.  Coco Chanel was the only fashion designer to make it onto TIME magazine’s list of 100 most influential people of the 20th century.  In 1957 Chanel was presented with the Neiman Marcus Fashion Award. Movies and books have successfully portrayed the interesting life of Coco Chanel, including the book Chanel and Her World written by Edmonde Charles-Roux in 2005.  Additional information about Coco Chanel may be found at the following websites:


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