WOMEN CRUSH WEDNESDAY: Coco Chanel
Coco Chanel was more than a fashion designer. She was a savvy businesswoman filled with ambition and determination for success. We all know some of her famous quotes, but there are so many things that make this woman wonderful.
Coco Chanel started the eponymously named House of Chanel shortly after World War I and grew it in to the multinational brand that we know and love today. Her early work liberated women from the corseted figured that had previously be the standard for French fashion. Coco Chanel's fist success was the jersey knit fabric she took from sportswear to create a day suit, consisting of a pleated skirt, cardigan, and belt worn low over the waist. This became a staple in French women's wardrobe.
Later, Chanel created the Chanel Suit, with a jacket and skirt usually made in wool or mohair with a silk or jersey lining. It was designed to be practical for women to wear daily. So popular was the Chanel Suit that it is still a staple for many women. It was incredibly important to her that it fit each client, and early renditions of the suit required the purchaser to come for multiple fittings until it fit her perfectly.
She is most famous for the creation of the Little Black Dress, which was published by a Vogue editor in America in the 1920s and immediately recognized as a staple all women would wear. Of her creation, Chanel said "I imposed black; it's still going strong today, for black wipes out everything else around".
Her aesthetic extended beyond the design of clothing into handbags, fragrance, and accessories. Her Chanel Number 5 is iconic for the brand and widely recognized. The Chanel bag, released in 1929 and updated in 1948, was inspired by military wear at the time and her time growing up in a convent. A 50 year anniversary version was created by Karl Lagerfeld in 2005, shown below.
A prolific designer, Chanel left behind some of fashion's most iconic designs and is the only woman designer to be named to TIME Magazine's List of 100 most influential people in the 20th century.
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