Coco Chanel Essay

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“I am not young but I feel young. The day I look old, I will go to bed and stay there. J’aime La Vie! I feel that to live is a wonderful thing” –Coco Chanel ♥ Coco Chanel was born Jeanne Gabrielle Chanel in Saumur, France. She was born out of wedlock, but the couple got married when Coco turned 1 year old. Her father was a small-wares peddler and her mother came from a family of a peasant. Her mother passed away from tuberculosis when she was twelve years old. One week later, her father abandoned her. She was then raised by nuns in provincial orphanage. She first began as a shopkeeper specializing in linens and small wares. She tried to sing and dance in hopes that she would land a career in theatre. Although she did not get a career in the theater arts, she did pick up a nickname while trying to pursue that dream. The nickname was Coco. She got the nickname from the titles from a title of one of her songs, “Qui qu’a vu Coco”. At age twenty-two, she met Etienne Balsan, a horse breeder and accepted his proposal to live together. She never got used to living as his permanent mistress. She wanted to become a milliner and soon she was going to make that one dream come true. She would soon meet someone else that would change her life completely. She met and Englishman named Arthur Capel that wanted to help her pursue this idea and career. He helped her open her first milliner shop in Paris in 1910. Later, in 1913, she would open her first boutique in Deauville, France. For the rest of her life she would work as both craftsman and businesswoman. She would put forward her ideas for the art of fashion design. She first started off as a hat maker to the divas, that’s when her name was revealed to Paris. Her business grew to be something never known in the history of fashion. Coco Chanel became a magnetic, international person. She received the attention of

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