REMEMBERING COCO THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Femi Bamigbetan

January 10, 2019

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Coco Chanel is the Godmother of Fashion. She is one the most powerful women in the world of fashion. Gabrielle Bonheur Chanel was born in 1883 in Saumur, Maine-et-Loire, France. Even though she existed in a time were men were gods in the industry, she created a legacy that has stood the test of time.

Coco Chanel gained her name ‘Coco’ during her years as a Cabret singer. Prior to those years, she had been raised in an orphanage where she gained milliner skills and started her career adorning the heads of simple and sophisticated women. The fashion world was outraged when she first rocked pants s an easier travel attire in Venice. Apparently, she needed to travel by Gondola and pants suited the occasion.

Her penchant for risks always put her first and made her stand out amongst her peers. Her famous Army-imspired suits and famous No.5 perfume (Marilyn Monroe’s fave) are some of the favorite basics of Chanel that we love!

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Though she managed to rise from ground Zero, she was associated with a very bitter attitude. Coco Chanel never missed an opportunity to criticize her contemporaries: she accused Christian Dior of dressing women like armchairs and said that she admired Balenciaga’s designs but questioned his ability to cut.

Coco spent over 30years of nights in the Hotel Ritz. Though she returned to her apartment in the daytime, The Ritz was here night spot where she lived a solitary life and passed away in 1971, at the age of 87. During the day she stayed at her apartment and spent the nights at the Ritz. Every day, after she left the hotel, the porter would call an employee who would spray the staircase before her arrival.

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Her Legacy lives on

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