(August 19, 1883 - January 10, 1971) Believe it or not, Coco was not born into sophisticated lifestyle of easy livinig like you'd expect this style icon to be. In fact, she wasn't even born into the name! Before becoming Coco Chanel, she was Gabrielle Chanel, the daughter of a poorhouse family in the late 1800s. The name Coco was later coined during a brief career as a cafe and concert singer, held for about three years.
Coco found her nitch in fashion later on in life, after becoming the mistress to a military officer and English industrialist. She opened small shops and sold hats, which became surprisingly popular. And the rest, you could say, is history.
Coco broadened her horizons and found inspirtation through her everyday life. She worked with couture, mannish clothing, short skirts, cardigan jackets, bell bottoms, pea coats, and film costumes. Chanel is the designer responsible for the sensational Little Black Dress Phenomenon and is the maker behind the famous Chanel No. 5 scent.