Coco Chanel

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Coco Chanel

Dear Journal, Today was a memorable day since I realized how I have changed the world. I have seen magazines from the United States and I saw how women not only from Europe, but also from America are wearing my clothes. Women no longer wear those dresses full of accessories that make them look ridiculous. Their attire is simple and elegant. They wear their hair short in a bob just like me. Today more department stores from America asked to carry my brand. My passion for simple elegance has gotten very far. Today some of the most important women of Paris came to my store and admired my work. I felt very proud of what I have accomplished until now. As they commented on the elegance of the simplicity of my work I realized that I have always preferred clothes that are plain but at the same time chic. I am very pleased with my work. This has been a day of awareness of my accomplishments. Sincerely, Coco Chanel

Coco Chanel

In Memoriam

The admired and famous Coco Chanel died yesterday January 10, 1917. She was found in her Ritz Hotel apartment in Paris. She is said to have had a peaceful death with no pain even though she felt ill. This has been a shocking loss for the whole word and the people that strongly admire her work. She truly transformed women’s fashion. In the 1920’s, her style traveled to the United States. Women in America started wearing bobbed hair and shorter skirts just as Coco did. Her low-waist dress designs were copied and women started wearing her style. The world has lost an icon of fashion. She leaves the famous scent of Chanel No. 5 for people around the world to smell its exquisiteness. She started sewing from her early years abandoned in an orphanage where she learned. She went form having nothing to owning the world-recognized brand: Chanel.

Birth Announcement

Gabrielle Bonheur Chanel, was born on August 19, 1883 in Saumur, France. Her family is not wealthy so she was born in a poor home. She was born as an illegitimate child to Albert Chanel and Jeanne Devolle. They will probably get married in the future. Jeanne’s family will pay Albert so he marries her. The couple already had a daughter, Julia. Her father is a traveling vendor that is constantly moving from town to town. Jeanne is very ill and does not have the strength to correct an error made in Gabrielle’s birth certificate. The baby girl’s birth certificate has Chasnel as her last name. We hope that her mother can recuperate from her illness and correct this mistake. It would be a tragedy if this little angel would be left without a mother.

Timeline

1883-Gabrielle Chanel was born in Saumur, France.1895-Her father abandoned her in an orphanage, she learn to sew.1905-She lives with Ettiene Balsan, she starts making and selling hats.1908-Meets her lover Arthur “Boy” Capel and opens millinery shop. 1910-Opens Chanel Modes at 21 rue Cambon.1913-Opens store in Deauville. Jersey clothes are success.1915-Opens store in Biarritz. It is her first couture house.1916-Her clothes are sold in American department stores.1921-Introduces her famous perfume Chanel No. 5.1924-Opens Parfums Chanel in America, also trends low waist dresses.1926-Introduces “little black dress” very famous and appears in Vogue, shown in Vogue.1957-She earns Neiman Marcus Fashion Award.1971-Coco Chanel died in Paris at the age of 87.

Coco Chanel at work

Interesting Facts

1. She is one of the 100 most influential people of he 20th century.2. Her career was at first a hobby. 3. She always lied about her early years; the truth is she was an orphan.4. She started sun tanning.5. She lived in the Ritz Hotel of Paris.6. She was never married.7. In 1910 she got a license to make hats.8. She was the first one to use jersey fabric for women’s clothing. 9. She is called Coco because of a song she sang when she was young and poor.10. She disliked Hollywood.11. She would always spray her Chanel No. 5 perfume in her house.12. Her little black dress was called “Chanel’s Ford” by Vogue.


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