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Coco Chanel

(1883-1971) [Gabrielle Chanel] French Couturier


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French fashion designer Coco Chanel was born Gabrielle Bonheur Chanel in Saumur, Southern France in 1883. Gabrielle adopted the name Coco during a brief career as a singer in cafes and concert halls, between 1905-08. She began her career as a designer by designing hats. Her first shop opened in 1914. Her famous salon on rue Camdon in Paris opened in 1920. Chanel was famous for popularizing practical clothes for women. In 1922 Chanel introduced a perfume, Chanel No. 5, which became and remained popular, and remains a profitable product of Chanel's company. A Broadway musical of her life opened in 1969, with Katharine Hepburn taking the role of Coco. She died on January 10, 1971 in Paris.


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