The Life Of Coco Chanel

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Coco Gabrielle Chanel was born on August 19, 1883, in Saumur, France. Her childhood was difficult. She was placed in an orphanage by her father after her mother's death. She was raised by nuns who taught her how to sew. Her nickname came from another occupation. During her brief career as a singer, Chanel performed in clubs where she was called "Coco." Some say that the name comes from one of the songs she used to sing. Around the age of 20, Chanel became involved with Etienne Balsan who offered to help her start...
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Coco Gabrielle Chanel was born on August 19, 1883, in Saumur, France. Her childhood was difficult. She was placed in an orphanage by her father after her mother's death. She was raised by nuns who taught her how to sew. Her nickname came from another occupation. During her brief career as a singer, Chanel performed in clubs where she was called "Coco." Some say that the name comes from one of the songs she used to sing. Around the age of 20, Chanel became involved with Etienne Balsan who offered to help her start a millinery business in Paris. She soon left him for one of his even wealthier friends, Arthur "Boy" Capel. Both men were instrumental in Chanel's first fashion venture. Opening her first shop on Paris's Rue Cambon in 1910, Chanel started out selling hats. She later added stores in Deauville and Biarritz and began making clothes. With her trademark suits and little black dresses, Coco Chanel created timeless designs that are still popular today. For Chanel who once said, "luxury must be comfortable, otherwise it is not luxury", she became a style icon known for her simple yet sophisticated outfits paired with great accessories (such as several strands of pearls).

The book takes a look at the extraordinary life that Coco led. She never married but was linked to a few powerful men who helped her start her business which eventually became a huge fashion house.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781171061694
  • Publisher: Webster's Digital Services
  • Publication date: 11/1/2010
  • Pages: 106
  • Product dimensions: 0.22 (w) x 7.44 (h) x 9.69 (d)

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