OK, so I’m a little more than obsessed with all things Chanel. I have such admiration for Coco Chanel as a person - visionary, creative, determined, crazy work ethic. I could go on and on reading and writing about her and the brand. I could also wear Chanel all the time!!!
So much of what is mainstream modern day fashion stems from Chanel. She had highs and lows in her career: after a down, she reentered the fashion world at 71 years old and found huge success, especially due to people like Liz Taylor and Jackie wearing her new things.
Coco, born Gabrielle, was born in a poorhouse in France in 1883. Her mother died when she was 6 and she was then raised in an orphanage in France. The orphanage had huge influence on her – she learned to sew there, and the patterns in the stones of the floors also inspired her, including creation the now-iconic double-C logo.
And who could forget perfume? When asked what she wore to bed in an interview while promoting a film, Marilyn Monroe famously replied, “Chanel No. 5.” By many accounts, Chanel No. 5 is the top selling perfume in the world today.