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Coco Chanel

Biography

French designer who became imortalized on her behalf suits, her perfumes, and her small dark dresses. Her bestselling perfume Chanel No. 5 became an iconic fragrance. As an orphaned kid, she had small to do, therefore she trained herself how exactly to sew. Prior to going into style, she tried to be always a vocalist. At 23, she dropped to get a dashing French ex-cavalry official, and became his primary mistress. Greta Garbo was among her many popular clients.

Quick Facts


Full Name Coco Chanel
Date Of Birth August 19, 1883
Died January 10, 1971, Paris, France
Place Of Birth Saumur, France
Profession Fashion Designer
Nationality French
Parents Jeanne Devolle, Albert Chanel
Siblings Lucien Chanel, Alphonse Chanel, Antoinette Chanel, Augustin Chanel, Pierre Chanel, Julia Chanel
Awards Neiman Marcus Fashion Award
Star Sign Leo

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#Fact
1She retired in 1938 and made a successful comeback in 1954.
2Her birth certificate is misleading - her father's surname and hers were misspelt due to a clerical error as "Chasnel". Her father's surname on his own birth certificate had also been misspelt as "Charnet". The mistake on his birth certificate was not corrected in official records until 1878 when a court decree stated that Charnet be replaced on the certificate by Chanel, which is the true name.
3Her older sister Julia was born on September 11, 1882.
4She was the second daughter of Henri-Albert Chanel and Eugénie Jeanne Dévolles. She was born out of wedlock until her parents married on November 17, 1884. In marrying Jeanne, Albert legalized his paternity, and Coco and her sister Julia's names were recorded in the "livret de famille," the handbook issued to every couple for registration of births and deaths.
5[1933] Engaged to Paul Iribe.
6After their mother's death, Coco and her sister went to live at a local orphanage. Eventually the girls were claimed by their aunts.
7Her mother died of tuberculosis.
8Worked for Sergei Diaghilev in 1924-1928 as costume designer for his "Russian Seasons" in collaboration with Pablo Picasso.
9Popularized the sun-tanned look in the 1920s after appearing on her vacation yacht with a sun tan. Prior to that, porcelain white skin was popular, because it was believed that only people of lower class worked in the sun and were therefore tan.
10She sprayed all of her atelier fitting rooms with Chanel No. 5.
11Learned to sew while attending a convent school.
12Took on the nickname Coco after her 1905 performance of the song, "Qui qu'a vu Coco dans le Trocadero" for a crowd of uniformed admirers at La Rotande, a music hall in a small, provincial town.
13Her perfume, Chanel No. 5, is the first perfume to be a blend of many floral scents, rather than smelling like a single type of flower.
14Loved camellias.
15Declared that Katharine Hepburn (at 60) was "too old" to play her in the Broadway musical Coco.
16Was played by 'Katharine Hepburn' (av) in the 1970 'Alan Lerner'/ André Previn Broadway musical Coco.


Costume Designer

Costume Designer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Picasso and Dance2005TV Movie segment "Le Train bleu", as Gabrielle Chanel
Éducation sentimentale1962
Et ta soeur1958gowns
The Rules of the Game1939as La Maison Chanel
Port of Shadows1938uncredited
First a Girl1935uncredited
The Greeks Had a Word for Them1932as Chanel of Paris
The Blood of a Poet1932
Tonight or Never1931as Chanel of Paris, Gowns for Gloria Swanson
Palmy Days1931gowns, uncredited

Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Runway Magazine2015TV Mini-Series
Runway Magazine2014TV Mini-Series

Costume Department

Costume Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
La Marseillaise1938costumes: Marie-Antoinette - as Chanel

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
De Gray TV2015TV Mini-Series documentary
Das große böse Fräulein1971TV Short documentaryHerself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Cocteau Marais - Un couple mythique2013TV Movie documentaryHerself
Anna Karina, l'aventurière2004TV Movie documentaryHerself
Reputations1995TV Series documentaryHerself

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#Quote
1Dior? He doesn't dress women, he upholsters them.
2When I realized that my business had a life, my life, and a face, my face, a voice, my own, and when I realized my work loved me, obeyed me and responded to me, I gave myself over to it completely and I have had since no greater love.
3The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud.


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