Little black dress, rhombus, N°5, Picasso, Dali, Karl Lagerfeld, camellia, double C logo… Behind these familiar symbols, there is a gorgeous past of a fashion pioneer woman.
She is Coco Chanel. She pioneered in changing men’s knitted sweaters to women’s; also drew from sailor pants to launch “sailor pants” and “beach pyjamas,” which she encouraged women to wear men’s pants…
January 10th, the 51st anniversary of Coco Chanel’s death (August 19, 1883 – January 10, 1971). Unique, bold, and daring to pursue everything she wants is what makes her impression, but she’s not a perfect woman. There are also a lot of rumors about her, either praised or belittled.
Coco Chanel and the brands it founded subvert people’s perception of beauty and lead a new trend of life.
From the bottom to the upper class
Coco Chanel’s road to growth was not smooth. Chanel was born in a small town in France. Formerly known as Gabrielle Chanel, she grew up in the Correze Abbey. During her childhood, she was shrouded in misfortune.
Left: The Abbey where Chanel is housed. Right: Chanel as a child.
Her mother is a village woman and her father is a trader. Her poor family background made her understand very early that she needs to support herself. So, Chanel learned to sew in a monastery and became a skilled tailor. It also laid the foundation for her later career development. Even when the monastery was on holiday, she continued to study and improve her skills.
After turning 18, Chanel worked as a seamstress at a local tailor. At the same time, she also took a part-time job in singing, singing and dancing to attract young officers. That’s when Chanel got the nickname “Coco”, but it’s not a good name. Coco is short for cocotte, which means “mistress”.
During that time, Chanel began to contact the upper class, and had to weave lies in order to disguise her origin. She claims that her mother died when she was six (actually 12), and after her mother died, her father left her in the care of her aunt and went to the United States alone.
In 1905, Chanel met the first noble person in her life, Etienne Balsan, in the most popular café in the city. In 1906, she was invited to live in the estate of Balusand. This year he was 28 years old and she was 23 years old. The son of a big capitalist, he was generous and made friends widely. It can be said that Balausanne is the “stepping stone” for Chanel to enter the upper class.
In 1908, Chanel began to fall in love with Barosanne’s good friend Arthur Capel, and the relationship between the two lasted for nine years. Although Kapol was very attentive and did not marry Chanel in the end, he not only funded Chanel’s siege in the fashion industry, but also let her know the famous director Gabriel Doriay, and made two hats for the big director.
In 1910, Chanel, who gradually showed her talent in clothing, became a professional millinery designer and opened a Chanel boutique in Paris, Chanel Modes, which was officially involved in the fashion circle.
”Is it possible to wear a huge hat?” In the era of big hats, Chanel made bold innovations, and the simple women’s hats were all the rage. But making hats is by no means her pursuit, but high-end fashion customization. In 1913, Chanel opened a clothing store and expanded its products from hats to various clothing and accessories; in 1916, its design style was praised by the media, and the number of employees reached three Hundreds of people; in 1918, she no longer needed the support of her lover, but expanded her boutique in Paris with her own funds and settled in the high-end commercial street Cambon Street; in 1921, she launched Chanel No.5 perfume, thus gaining huge wealth …
Freedom is eternal fashion
Although he can’t be the helm of his own love, Chanel can always lead the fashion vane.
War came, and the age of nobility died. Chanel changed all the cumbersome, layered designs of the past and switched to simple styles. The era of Chanel has finally come.
Chanel created the little black dress, and Hepburn in the little black dress showed low-key elegance, which made women all over the world yearn to have a little black dress of their own; Chanel likes camellias and lions, because her constellation is Leo, she I believe that the number 5 will bring her good luck. These are the most important design elements in the Chanel brand so far…
On September 3, 1939, France declared war on Germany. A few weeks later, Chanel closed the fashion house, leaving only 31 Rue Cambon open. Since then, she has lived in seclusion in Switzerland for nearly ten years. By the time she was gone, the Paris fashion scene had undergone a sea change.
In 1918, at the age of 35, Chanel opened its first haute couture store at 31 Rue Cambon in Paris.
On February 5, 1954, Chanel’s fashion house reopened to showcase her throwback collection. She was 71 years old this year. Societal responses to this were mixed. Some consider Chanel’s pastel shades and practical suiting dresses to be outdated. But American Vogue, British buyers and women all over the world understand the collection’s timeless appeal and importance in a sophisticated wardrobe.
Over the next two decades, Chanel continued to innovate, gaining unexpected popularity among stylish, sophisticated women. She seems to have endless ideas, and she believes in the saying “beautiful things never go out of style” at all times.
Chanel can be called an unrestricted designer who has made a huge contribution to the history of clothing, in the final analysis, because she understands women, and can dig deep into herself, and then impress others. She prefers to let the fashion point of view and the way of life be the way to express herself.
”Rather than caring about the betrayal and badness of others, it is better to manage your own dignity and beauty.” “Unless you are a hen that lays eggs, meekness can’t do great things.” “I refuse to be cute, I am arrogant, and I will never do it. Keep your head down.” “If you want to be irreplaceable, you must always be different.” These classic Chanel quotes are timeless even now.
On January 10, 1971, Chanel lay in bed complaining of breathing difficulties. Her maid gave her the last vial of morphine. Chanel’s life is fixed at the age of 88.
It’s up to you to decide who you want to be, and this is Coco Chanel.
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