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Coco Chanel

Gabrielle Bonheur "Coco" Chanel (19 August 1883 – 10 January 1971) was a French fashion designer and businesswoman. She was the founder and namesake of the Chanel brand. Along with Paul Poiret, Chanel was credited in the post-World War I era with liberating women from the constraints of the "corseted silhouette" and popularizing a sporty, casual chic as the feminine standard of style. A prolific fashion creator, Chanel extended her influence beyond couture clothing, realising her design aesthetic in jewellery, handbags, and fragrance. Her signature scent, Chanel No. 5, has become an iconic product. She is the only fashion designer listed on TIME magazine's list of the 100 most influential people of the 20th century. Chanel designed her iconic interlocked-CC monogram, meaning Coco Chanel, using it since the 1920s.

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Who is Coco Chanel?

When most people hear Chanel, they think of designer hand bags that cost more than a house, but Chanel, the person, I so much more than her designs. Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel was an orphan who grew to love creating her own designs. She is known for having a classic string of pearls around her neck and a simple black hat on her head. She started making her own clothes because she felt that women were restricted in there choice of dress, and she often wore mens' trousers because they allowed her more freedom. She is one of the first women to pave her own way in the fashion world. Her pieces are not only a display of Chanel's creativity, but they inspire many to express themselves despite the pressures of society.

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