Coco Chanel By: Helen Lin
Birth and Death • Birth name: Gabrielle “Coco” Bonheur Chanel • Born: August 19, 1883, Coco was born in the workhouse in the Loire Valley where her unmarried mother worked though she denied it • Died: January 10, 1971 in Paris, France of Tuberculosis ( consumption)
Coco’s Family • Coco’s mother (Jeanne Dovelle) died when she was young • Her father was Albert Chanel • She had two sisters: Antoinette and Julia Chanel • She had three brothers: Lucien, Alphonse, and Augustin Chanel
Coco’s Family Cont. • Augustin dies as a baby • Coco’s mother died of tuberculosis when Coco was twelve • When Coco’s mother died, her father abandoned them • Coco was the oldest in her family
Albert Chanel • When Albert abandoned his kids, he left his sons with a peasant family • He sent Coco and her sisters to a convents‘ orphanage
Coco • Coco was the designer of Chanel products
Chanel • Englishman, Arthur Capel “Boy” helped her open her first milliner shop in Paris 1910 • Later also helped her open her boutique in Deauville, France
Coco’s Contribution • Coco is well known for her contributions in the fashion industry • She made it fashionable for women to wear pants
Fashion Influence • Coco was one of the biggest influences of the fashion industry.
Coco in WWII • Coco was shunned after Paris fell to Germany in WWII • Her shop was closed and she became a nurse for the Nazi army • She later went to Switzerland with her Nazi lover
Coco’s Comeback • She was angered after coming out of her exile when Dior came out with the “New Look”, the corset • It took a few years for her to win critics back over, but when she did, her suits became status symbols in their own right, and her career increased as she introduced purses, shoes and jewelry
Media • A Broadway musical of her life opened in 1969, with Katharine Hepburn taking the role of Chanel • 'Chanel Solitaire' in 1971 was the first film made about Coco • Followed by the American TV movie 'Coco Chanel' made in 2008 • It rewrote her history by overlooking her connections to the Nazis.
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