Apparel Search presents Coco Chanel Profiles.Chanel S.A. is a French fashion house founded by the
couturier Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel, well established in haute
couture, specializing in luxury goods (haute couture,
ready-to-wear, handbags, perfumery, and cosmetics among
Gabrielle Bonheur Chanel was a French fashion designer
and founder of the Chanel brand. She was the only fashion
designer to appear on Time magazine's list of the 100 most
influential people of the 20th century. Chanel was
raised in an orphanages and taught to sew. She had a brief
career as a singer before opening her first clothes shop in
1910. In the 1920s, she launched her first perfume and
introduced the Chanel suit and the little black dress.
In the 1920s, Chanel took her thriving business to new
heights. She launched her first perfume, Chanel No. 5, which
was the first to feature a designer's name.
In 1925, she introduced the now legendary Chanel suit
with collarless jacket and well-fitted skirt.
Coco Chanel died on January 10, 1971, at her apartment in
the Hotel Ritz. She never married, having once said "I never
wanted to weigh more heavily on a man than a bird."
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