Mini Designer Profile: Gabriella ‘Coco’ Chanel

I would love to share with you all brief profiles/information about designers I love and their inspiration to the fashion industry today. I will do this as often as possible so keep an eye out for these posts ❤

Gabriella ‘Coco’ Chanel

Born August 19, 1883 in France. Died January 10, 1971

Chanel grew up in an orphange and it was since then she had learned to sew.

  • She was one of the designers who revolutionised societal norms of how a woman should dress. She created the little black dress (black was only worn for funerals, never to be worn going out) raised the hemlines in dresses and created comfort in womans fashion (in those days, women had to wear corsets which I could imagine, would have been extremely uncomfortable!)
  • Chanel created timeless designs which can be worn for years. In Chanel’s collections today, Karl Largerfeld captures Chanel’s views of timeless pieces, fine details and making a woman feel and look confident.


Quotes: ‘I don’t do fashion, I am fashion’

‘A girl should be two things, classy and fabulous’

‘In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different’

‘Fashion fades, only style remains’

Coco Chanel is honestly one of my favourite designers of all time. I have read and studied lots about her and she is so inspirational, the way she pushed boundaries in women’s fashion and dressed women to feel confident and most importantly, comfortable.

I love Karl Lagerfeld’s designs on the runway. He really captures what Chanel was trying to portray in her clothing and I love how the classic tweed jacket remains timeless in every collection that walks down the runway.

Chanel is and always the Mother of fashion and a major influence in women’s fashion which is seen around the world today.

Rania May


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