” How many cares one loses when one decides not to be something but to be somebody.” Today on her birthday we celebrate that somebody who left a lasting impression on the world. That somebody is the timeless Coco Chanel. For those of you who don’t know, Coco, originally born as Gabrielle Bonheur Chanel, was a French designer and founder of Chanel. There she was known for creating a liberating silhouette for women and creating a sportier casual standard for women’s clothing. Her designs embodied understated elegance. She famously gave us what are now considered Chanel classics including the the little black dress, the Chanel tweed suit, and the quilted Chanel handbag (aka the 2.55, which by the way was named for the date of its creation February 1955).
Being a fashion company, we admire Coco for her fashion legacy and the company she created. However, these aren’t the only aspects of her story that make us love and adore her!
1. As is implied from Chanel’s words of wisdom, she was a fearless, pioneering, and ambitious woman. Coco Chanel overcame adversity in her early life and became a success as a designer. Her mother died when she was young and Coco grew up in an orphanage. Despite this she became a confident , strong woman.
2. She sang in a cabaret in her early career. Before Coco began designing she aspired to be a star on the stage. (this is where she picked up the nickname Coco) While she wasn’t a success at this career, she is someone to be admired for going after her dreams.
3. We love her revolutionary designs! At the time Coco’s designs were groundbreaking for women. Ladies still wore very constricting garments such as the corset, but Chanel came out with sportier more comfortable styles. If it weren’t for her we might still be squeezing into corsets every day!!
4. “There have been several Duchesses of Westminster—but there is only one Chanel!” Mademoiselle was also a little bit kooky and little bit scandalous. Stories have been told of her affairs and gentleman suitors. She lived quite a fascinating life and she did as she pleased. While we may not agree with everything she did, she lived the life she wanted and didn’t worry what others thought.
No 5. And most of all we love her for all the styles that we still covet today:
Happy Birthday Coco!