Thursday, June 17, 2010

Coco Chanel

I am currently reading a biography of Coco Chanel – Gabrielle Bonheur Chanel – who, as I am sure you know, was a pioneering French fashion designer whose modernist philosophy, menswear-inspired fashions, and pursuit of expensive simplicity made her an important figure in 20th century fashion.

In 1922 Coco Chanel introduced a perfume, Chanel No. 5, which became and has remained exceptionally popular. I am fascinated by the many different depictions of the famous bottle – which is seemingly as popular as the perfume itself.

Coco Chanel introduced her signature cardigan jacket in 1925 and signature "little black dress" in 1926. Most of her fashions had a staying power, and didn't change much from year to year.

A little more than a decade after her death, designer Karl Lagerfeld took the reins at her company to continue the Chanel legacy.

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