Among the leading French designers who revolutionized women’s fashion was Gabrielle ‘Coco’ Chanel (1883–1971). Her view on what is style and how modern women should look, act, and dress changed the whole idea of fashion. Coco Chanel as a designer was included in the list of 100 most influential people of the 20th century.
1. Birth and Youth
Gabrielle Chanel lost her mother at 12, so became an orphan in her early childhood, lived in poor house, experienced World War One and Two and, despite of this, survived. As she once said, “The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud”. Difficult life caused that new gifted designer and a beautiful woman Coco Chanel (‘Coco’ was a nickname obtained in the orphanage where she grew and was taught to sew) appeared on a world fashion stage.