Gabrielle Bonheur Chanel better known by her brand name Coco Chanel was a French fashion designer and founder of the Chanel brand.
Along with Paul Poiret, Chanel was credited with liberating women from the constraints of the “corseted silhouette” and popularizing a sportive, casual chic as the feminine standard of style in the post-World War I era.
A prolific fashion creator, Chanel’s influence extended beyond couture clothing. Her design aesthetic was realized in jewelry, handbags, and fragrance. Her signature scent, Chanel No. 5, has become an iconic product.
She is the only fashion designer listed on Time magazine’s list of the 100 most influential people of the 20th century.
She achieved both success as a business woman and social prominence
Chanel’s life choices generated controversy, particularly her behaviour during the German occupation of France in World War II.
She was born August 19, 1883 in France, she died January 10, 1971 at age 87.