Coco Chanel is a true fashion legend, and if you are truly passionate about fashion, you should know at least a thing or two about her. So today we’ll share with you girls 6 things that we’re pretty sure you didn’t know about one of the most amazing personalities of the last century.
Coco Chanel used to say that true fashion comes from the streets and before she started using the most expensive materials for her creations, she started from the bottom like any other regular person. The first thing you should know about the fashion icon is that her childhood was marked by a series of tragic events; when she was just 12 her mother died of tuberculosis and then her father abandoned her and her four brothers. Coco went on to live in an orphanage for the next six years, where she learned to sew and started to create her own clothes from what was available.
All these things that would be tragic for any other person helped her become even better and right after leaving the orphanage she landed her first job as a dressmaker. While she had this job she also developed a hobby of creating hats, which were really appreciated by the women who got to wear them. Then, as her creations became more popular, she started to make a name for herself.
Coco Chanel was really beautiful and even though she never got married, she had many affairs with wealthy men which helped her make more connections and raise her empire. After her business skyrocketed she started to live at the Ritz Hotel in Paris and spent almost half of her life there, more than 30 years in a luxurious suite.
A very important thing you should also know about Coco Chanel is that she’s the one responsible for introducing tan into fashion. Before the Chanel era, if you were tanned, everyone thought you were probably a simple worker who’s spending countless hours under the sun but the famous fashion designer introduced the idea that if you’re touched by the sun, it means you probably have a lot more free time.
At her funeral, only models were in the first rows, and her coffin was covered with camellias, gardenias and orchids, all carefully arranged to resemble her style, known for being synonymous with elegance, sophistication and modernism combined with comfort.