Gabrielle Bonheur Chanel, born 1883, was a French fashion designer who was famous for her work in the fashion industry and for her brand ‘Coco Chanel’.
Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel founded the fashion brand Coco Chanel which is now a world renowned fashion label. Chanel played a key role in breaking the stereotype and freeing women from the ‘corseted silhouette’ and making the casual sporty-chic look for women, fashionable and trendy. Chanel’s fashion sense was not limited to fashion alone but was further extended to jewelry, fragrance and handbags.
Chanel had a wide network of people of whom she socialised with and built connections with those she did business with. She was an ambitious and hardworking individual whose efforts where reflected in her works in the fashion industry.
Chanel was awarded the Neiman Marcus Award in 1957 for her outstanding services to the field of fashion. She was also awarded the Sunday Times International Fashion Award in London, 1963.
Below you will find inspirational quotes from Coco Chanel herself.
“In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different.”
“A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous.”
“The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud.”
“Dress shabbily and they remember the dress; dress impeccably and they remember the woman.”
“Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.”
“Don’t spend time beating on a wall, hoping to transform it into a door.”
“A women who doesn’t wear perfume has no future.”
“Some people think luxury is the opposite of poverty. It is not. It is the opposite of vulgarity.”
“Simplicity is the keynote of all true elegance”.
“Success is most often achieved by those who don’t know that failure is inevitable.”
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