Coco Chanel

Coco Chanel

Carter Ray, Reporter

Coco Chanel was a French fashion designer and businesswoman. Simplicity, elegance, and comfort were the elements of her style. She helped women say goodbye to the days of corsets and other uncomfortable garments. Her 1920s revolutionary design was Chanel’s little black dress. Her designs were so classic and simple, that still to this day it is one of the most popular fragrances. The quality and popularity are why Chanel’s items are so expensive. 

Coco was born in Saumur, France August 19, 1883. Her father abandoned her and her two sisters to an orphanage and her two brothers to a local family after their mother died. Around the age of 20 Chanel moved to Paris and got help from Etienne Balsan to start her own clothing design business. Chanel never married and had no known children. She stated, “I never wanted to weigh more heavily on a man than a bird.” Although she did look after her older sister’s son, André Palasse, after her sister’s suicide. She was very successful with her clothing design business and then ended up dying on January 10, 1971, at the age of 87.