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"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."
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Coco Chanel-The Changemaker

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Gabrielle Chanel, born August 19, 1883 in Saumur France was a determined, creative, innovative, and unique woman which all adds up to creating a Changemaker in history. Her determination is showcased in the fact that she had a very difficult childhood, but later became one of the most famous icons in fashion history. Chanel’s mother died when Chanel was very young, leaving her with a father who decided to place her in an orphanage. Chanel was raised in a convent by nuns, who later taught her to sew, which then planted the seed for her future career. However, Chanel’s creativity is what really caused her career to blossom. Coco Chanel got her name “Coco” from performing in clubs in France, and thus created the iconic name. Chanel then opened her first shop in Paris in 1910, where she sold only hats. Chanel then began to explore her creative side by beginning to make clothes. Her first innovative and creative design was a dress that she made out of an old jersey. Then in the 1920’s Chanel launched her first perfume, which had never been done before by any clothing designer. Chanel then launched the iconic tweed suit with no collar that many people recognize as strictly Chanel’s style today. Chanel also created the little black dress, which is a timeless piece that almost every women has in her closet today. Chanel’s ideas changed the world of women’s fashion because at time women were forced to wear constricting and uncomfortable clothes. Women dressed how men thought they should dress. Chanel defied that idea and created pieces that empowered women. Men’s clothing actually often inspired Chanel’s designs. World War I had just ended at the time of Chanel’s debut in the fashion world and because of the war many women were entering the work field and looking for clothing that would allow them to work. Essentially, Chanel changed the way women were viewed by creating clothing that was unrestrictive and gave them freedom to express themselves.

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EBSCOhost: Coco Chanel

This article written by Time International named Coco Chanel one of the 100 most influential people of the 20th century. Coco Chanel was ahead of her time and self they even say she paved the road for desingers today. She empowered women, and broke the fashion barriers not once but twice, in the 1920's as well and the 1950's. This article touches on the greatness as a business women and the incredible women that she was. 

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Coco Chanel Biography

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This article examines fashion designer Coco Chanel, whose timeless designs are still popular today. Read about her early years, which were far from glamorous.

This site was great for imformation on her life and why she was so controversal. 

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Coco Chanel - The Little Black Dress - Oprah.com

Coco Chanel - The Little Black Dress - Oprah.com | Coco Chanel | Scoop.it

Even a woman who has never owned an original Chanel piece is sure to have something hanging in her closet that was inspired by the iconic designer." 

 

These are five of Coco Chanel's most influencial fashion trends recognized by the world, and Oprah. We included this to show how her designs are timeless and still popular today.  

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Coco Chanel - Mini Bio

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Watch videos of Coco Chanel. See important moments in Coco life, biographical information, special reports and much more.

 

This video essentially sums up Coco Chanel's life. It is a short summary that includes pictures of what her life was like, and how she changed women's fashion and empowered women by creating a design that is both beautiful and conventional for women.

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Works Cited

Coco Chanel. Chanel, n.d. Web. 10 Jan. 2012. <http://www.chanel.com>.


“Coco Chanel Biography.” bio. A&E Television Networks, n.d. Web. 10 Jan. 2012. <http://www.biography.com/‌people/‌coco-chanel-9244165?page=1>.


Coco Chanel-Mini Bio. www.biography.com. A&E Television Networks, n.d. Web. 10 Jan. 2012. <http://www.biography.com/‌people/‌coco-chanel-9244165/‌videos/‌coco-chanel-mini-bio-17753871>.


Okura, Lynn. “5 Ways Coco Chanel Has Inspired Fashion Today.” www.oprah.com. Oprah, 22 Sept. 2009. Web. 10 Jan. 2012. <http://www.oprah.com/‌style/‌5-Ways-Coco-Chanel-Has-Inspired-Fashion-Today/‌1>.


Sischy, Ingrid. “Coco Chanel.” Time International (South Pacific Edition) 8 June 1998: 70-73. MasterFILE Premier. Web. 10 Jan. 2012. <http://web.ebscohost.com/‌ehost/‌detail?vid=4&hid=10&sid=5f9d7403-63f8-44b2-870e-d26164777ef4%40sessionmgr113&bdata=JnNpdGU9ZWhvc3QtbGl2ZQ%3d%3d#db=f5h&AN=923280>.

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The Coco Chanel Effect

Chanel affected not only the fashion world, but also progressed the liberation of women as well. Additionally, Chanel was not only a model of women in power, but she also created clothing that promoted women in power as well. She banished the fashions of corsets and bustiers which men preferred in order to keep women confined and supported the idea that women are "fragile." She replaced these confining fashions with clothing that is modeled after men's clothing in order to create fashionable, yet comfortable and usable fashions.

 

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Coco Channel is the woman that change fashion for all, she is the genius behind the modern clothes.

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Amazon.com: Coco Chanel

Amazon.com: Coco Chanel | Coco Chanel | Scoop.it

This link shows the immense amount of imformation out there about Coco Chanel. Many of these books focus on her life more than her style because of the incredible story she can tell. Coco Chanel is more scrutinized for her actions in life such as her realtionship with a Nazi during WWII than her revolutionary style ideas. 

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Chanel

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Official Chanel Webpage 

This page is a direct representation of the designs and fashion that this character has created. It is important to showcase her style in order to understand how she changed the fashion industry in the 1920s.

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