Coco Chanel

Coco Chanel with Winston Churchill in the 1920s.

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If you know the name of only one fashion designer,
let it be Coco Chanel (1883-1971). Though she passed
away half a century ago, her name still packs a powerful fashion
punch when written or when dropped into conversation.

One of the world’s most influential couturières, Chanel is
credited with liberating women from corsets and initiating a
sporty and casual feminine style following World War I.

Born Gabrielle Bonheur Chanel, “Coco” popularized the
little black dress, short hair for women, and the suntan, previously
thought to be a mark of the working class. She also produced
jewelry, handbags, and perfume, Chanel No. 5 being
her signature scent.

Chanel’s name and design philosophy live on in the company
she founded, which now has boutiques spanning the globe
from Buenos Aires to Dubai.