The life of Coco Chanel

Coco Chanel

Udumalaippettai Andreana Store in this blog wants to talk about women, where you will find articles inspired by women who have left their mark in the history of cinema, fashion, art, medicine, science, etc. because when women want to fight to achieve their goals. Today in our blog we will talk about Coco Chanel or rather Gabrielle Bonheur Chanel, the famous French designer who revolutionized the concept of femininity in the twentieth century. Born in Saumur on August 19, 1883 and died in Paris on January 10, 1971. CHILDHOOD Gabrielle Bonheur Chanel was born in Saumur on August 19, 1883 in a hospice for the poor. Unfortunately, she soon lost her mother and was entrusted together with her sisters to the nuns of the Congregation of the Sacred Heart, at the Aubazine orphanage, hence the influence on her collections that is perceived by the love for white and black.

WORK AND HIS LOVES At the age of 18, she began working as a saleswoman in a linen and knitwear shop where she put the notions of sewing she learned during the years she spent in an orphanage. In addition to the job as a saleswoman Gabrielle Bonheur Chanel performed in a club as a singer where she received the nickname of Coco. In 1904 Chanel met her first love Etienne de Balsan, son of textile entrepreneurs and a cavalry officer. Their story lasted 8 years and during these years it was Balsan who was Chanel's first financier, allowing her to create hats at her Parisian apartment, on Boulevard Malesherbes. At Etienne de Balsan's redidenza, Chanel meets what will be considered the love of her life, namely Boy Capel, an upper-class man who encourages and finances Chanel's work by opening her first boutique on rue Cambon. Here, in addition to selling hats, he also began to sell clothing such as sweaters, skirts and some dresses. In 1913 Capel opened a new shop for Chanel in the seaside resort of Deauville, and here inspired by the sailors at work, he created sweaters with the same neckline. In 1914 the war broke out and the Chanel Modes shop, the only one that remained open during the war, took off because it offered women items of clothing that in that situation were practical and suitable for their needs. In 1915 another Chanele Modes shop was opened on the border with Spain where clothes for wealthy Spanish ladies were made. In 1916 Chanel introduced jersey as a fabric, which had previously been used for making linen and its garments in this fabric were a real novelty, for whose creations the designer is still known today. In 1917 Chanel with the help of Capel managed to expand its activities in Paris and Biarritz, reaching five workshops and three hundred workers.Chanel during those years made the acquaintance of great artists, thanks to the friendship of Misia Sert, a pianist of Polish origin who had entered the art world following her marriage with the founder of the Revue Blanche magazine, Thadée Natanson .In 1918 Chanel returned her lover the full sum he had lent her. In the same year Capel got engaged and married Lister Wyndham, to strengthen his social position. Despite the marriage, the two never stopped dating and the relationship lasted until 1919. In December of that year, Capel died in a tragic accident and Chanel, after having mourned him at the scene of the accident, threw herself headlong into work. In 1918 Chanel returned her lover the full sum he had lent her. In the same year Capel got engaged and married Lister Wyndham, to strengthen his social position. Despite the marriage, the two never stopped dating and the relationship lasted until 1919. In December of that year, Capel died in a tragic accident and Chanel, after having mourned him at the scene of the accident, threw herself headlong into work. In 1920 Chanel lost her younger sister, Antoinette to the Spanish flu epidemic. She did not have relations with her brothers, but she continued to send them money until she was forced to close the business, due to the Second World War. In 1921, her perfume Chanel Nº 5 came on the market, developed with the help of perfumer Ernest Beaux. With the advent of the Second World War, Chanel closed her atelier, only to reopen it at the end of the conflict. In 1954, now almost seventy-one, Chanel reopened her maison and presented herself to her public with a new collection, which she presented on February 5, 1954. Chanel died on January 10, 1971 in a room at the Hôtel Ritz at the age of 87.