lt was important to my topic as Simon does cover Chanel 's rise to fashion and her impact on the fashion world. However, much of the book concentrates on Chanel 's love life, and does not give enough information on her skill and dedication to fashion. Still Simon 's opinion on Chanel 's legacy is well worded and helped me a great deal in understanding what she brought to women 's clothing from 1910 onwards. As my theme includes Chanel 's rise to fashion, the first few chapters in particular were important in my research. She spoke of Chanel 's beginnings as an entrepreneur and businesswoman, and used well researched archival resources.
Mary is the key architect credited with the rise of miniskirts and hot pants, making her an important name in the building of mod fashion. Convinced that fashion needed to be affordable and to be available to the youthful; she opened her own retail boutique, Bazaar, on the Kings Road in 1955 introducing the mod era and the Chelsea look. At the top of the line were white plastic collars used to brighten up black dresses or T-shirts and black stretch leggings. In her search for new and fascinating clothes for Bazaar, Quant wasn 't fulfilled by the scope of clothes accessible and choose that the shop would need to be supplied with clothes made different from anyone else. Knee-high, white, patent plastic, lace-up boots and tight, skinny rib sweaters in stripes and bold checks, which came to embody the London look, were the outcome.
Maya Angelou was born Marguerite Annie Johnson on April 4, 1928 in St. Louis, Missouri. She was an author, actress, screenwriter, dancer, and poet who had a difficult childhood. Her parents split up when she was young and she was sent with her older brother to live with her grandmother in Stamps, Arkansas. She experienced racial prejudices and also suffered
the use of past fashions as a source of inspiration for fashion designers and students- an approach that Westwood takes toward the majority of her collections, the ‘Mini-Crini’ an obvious example as it is an amalgamation of 19th Century crinoline and the 1960’s Mini - two iconic styles of dress representing entirely different eras of fashion. The ‘Crini' concoction clearly showcases the designer’s rich engagement with history on a number of levels. “The Mini-Crini of S/S 1986 played with the ideas of a heightened femininity by framing the body in a swaying bell-shaped skirt, a flirtatiously abbreviated version of the mid-nineteenth century crinoline.” (Arnold, 2002) …blending garments and eras that are seemingly so incongruous, in this case miniskirt, corset and crinoline, she creates clothes that are visually jarring, bringing together familiar elements seen in countless other images, yet fracturing their usual meanings by placing them in a new context. (Arnold, 2002) Crinolines became a necessity in the late 18th century
Betsey Johnson was born on August 10, 1942, Wethersfield, Conneticut. She had two great passions for dance and art when she was growing up. This led her to pursue her interests in art and design at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, which then she later transferred to Syracruse University. After graduating college, she dove into the fashion industry and got a job in the Madammoiselle magazine art department but soon later became an independent fashion designer. Part of Johnson 's success was her abililty to sense the social and subsequent style and sillouette changes.
Chanel is the face of the little black dress. This dress allows women to show a little skin. Ever since Chanel 's design and creation of the little black dress womens fashion was forever changed. Chanel not only made the little black dress she also designed the jacket and skirt. Without her classic jacket with a matching skirt women would probably still be wearing dresses everyday.
When she found out that she would be queen of France her mother made her take many classes on etiquette. She didn’t like it because there was a rule for manly everything so it took her many months to learn everything. She was married at fourteen to a man named Louis Auguste. She was miserable because she had no family there and she hated her husband at first.
The main fashion icon of the early 60s was Jackie Kennedy, the “First Lady”. Her style of tailored dresses and the wearing of jackets were very popular. Women everywhere were trying to copy her style. Unfortunately, with the death of her husband, John F. Kennedy, the President of the United States at the time, she slowly began to fade away from the public eye. After fading, fashion started trending away from the tailored dresses that she had inspired and moved to a more “playful” and colorful look (Debbie, 2014).
However, Chanel had some promising competitors racing against her in the fashion industry, named Elsa Schlaparelli and Jean Patou. Elsa Schlaparelli and Jean Patou was also two big names in the fashion industry. They are some what similar with their designs. They both had a reputation for making bathing suits and swimwear for women. Unlike Patou, Schlaparelli was Coco Chanel’s biggest competitors.
In the autobiography, Chinese Cinderella by Adeline Yen Mah, is a depressing story because her father doesn 't remember his daughter 's name or birthday, her siblings blame Adeline for their mother 's death, and that she wanted to be part of a different family who was kinder to her. Overall, this is a very depressing story. Adeline 's siblings blame her for their mother 's death even though she barely knew her. “Your mother came down with a high fever three days after you were born. She died when you were two weeks old…” (Yen Mah pg.