Gabrielle Bonheur Chanel: French Fashion Design

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Gabrielle Bonheur Chanel was a French fashion designer and founder of the brand Chanel. She was born out of wedlock in the French town of Saumur on August 19th, 1883. When Chanel was only ten, her mother passed away due to severe asthma. And she along with her sister was sent to the orphanage where she was raised by nuns. During her life at the orphanage she was taught the skill of sewing which later on served as a career for her. The nuns found Chanel her first job at a boutique known as the House of Grampayre. While assisting Monsieur Henri Desboutin she performed at a local café called La Rotonde as a part time job. Her sinning acquired her the nickname ‘Coco’, this name was given by local soldiers who went to watch her. Her major inspiration…show more content…
Although being criticized in the initial stages of their career, they were quite determined to alter the way women dressed and hence providing them a free will and an opinion in the way they should present themselves. This allowed the women to move away from the restricted silhouettes of the past to much more relaxed and comfortable attire in daily wear.

During the 1902’s Chanel became a fashion icon with her striking bob hairstyle and loosely fitted outfits. She became a symbol of recognition becoming quite popular among her clients, the women who considered the corset fashion of the past to be quite impractical and old fashioned. Her collection of the 1920’s included loose shift dresses, waistcoats, blouses and evening coats in dark and neutral colors with embroidery done in red and beige mostly. She streamlined the cuts using sorter hemlines and modernistic designs.
According to the fashion historian, Carline Rennolds Milbank, Chanel women continued to wear this “more convenient, minimalist, pared-down look instinctively grasping the essence of the new

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