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Coco Chanel, 20th century fashion icon

by Mary
April 2, 2010 at 2:00 pm

Behind the well-known Chanel bags is a legend. Named one of the top 100 people who influenced the 20th century fashion, Chanel was a pioneer of fashion.

Her style was inspired by men clothing and simple outfits but very expensive.

There are six things that marked the era of Coco Chanel and who made her one of the most influential fashion icons of all time.


In 1923, with the financial support of Pierre Wertheimer, was released the legendary Chanel No. 5 perfume, the first perfume that bears the name of a designer. This was the first of a chain like Chanel No. 19 perfume, Cristalle and Chance.


Chanel No. 5 was and is a star-perfume, because even Marilyn Monroe said in an interview that “with whom you go to bed every night?” she said: “With two drops of Chanel No. 5 ‘.

Even if at that time, most perfumes were floral and sweet, this perfume managed to combine natural essences with those obtained in the laboratory, using about 80 ingredients.





Chanel launched the cardigan jacket in 1925, and the classic black dress a year later.

In 1952, Coco introduced in the designers vocabulary the word “little black dress.”
When she was 71 years old, Chanel introduced again the tailleur di Chanel which was composed of a cardigan-style jacket, a simple skirt with a simple and a shirt. This time the skirts were cut shorter.

In 1954 she returned with power in the world of haute couture. The naturalness of the models has attracted attention again, Chanel continued to create and manage her business until her death in 1971.

3. Audrey Hepburn VS Katharine Hepburn

For her role in ”Coco”, Coco Chanel was unhappy with the idea that her role to be played by Katharine Hepburn, saying she would have been happier if Audrey Hepburn was performing in this role.

4. Coco Avant Chanel (2009)

“Coco avant Chanel” follows the unhappy childhood and early life of famous French fashion designer Gabrielle Bonheur Chanel.

After several years, Chanel has received an Audrey. This time, it was about Audrey Tautou.

Tautou succeeds to be very close of the original image of Chanel, showing elegance and determination behind some clothes and a figure too often untidy.

Although she emphasizes the idea of courtesan, Audrey Tautou is a success Chanel, and we can read on her face determination and ambition.

5. Quotes by COCO CHANEL

“A woman without a perfume has no future.”

‘Fashion which doesn’t reach the street is not fashion’

“A woman has the age that she deserves”

“To be irreplaceable, you must be different.”

“Fashion passes, style remains”

6. Amazing things about COCO CHANEL

6.1 She loved pockets

Coco was so excited by pockets that this has become the main point in creating handbags. More and extremely useful: pockets.

6.2 She made tanned skin a trend

Coco made fashionable the tanned skin when in 1923 she went on a ship to Cannes but she burnt a little.

6.3 Five was her favorite number

Maybe it’s something special about number 5 – enough to create her superstitions and thrills. No.5 perfume was launched on May 5, 1921.

6.4 She never married

Coco Chanel lived many love stories in her life, but never married. Maybe she thought this would remove her from her professional life.

6.5 Her house was the RITZ HOTEL

For more than 30 years, Chanel made the Ritz Hotel in Paris her second home. It is rumored that the German officer, Dincklage whom she had a relationship made all arrangements possible for her stay.

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