Coco Chanel started designing hats. She opened her first shop in Paris in 1913. As it became popular, she started selling clothes as well.
In the 1920s she introduced the Little Black Dress to fashion. Intended to be affordable and easy-to-wear.
Her influence wasn’t just on clothes. At night, she appeared at the opera house with short hair, inspiring many women to adopt the new boyish style.
In 1921, she created her first perfume, Chanel No 5. It was the first fragrance to bear the name of a designer, Chanel was told by a fortune teller that 5 was her lucky number.
Coco Chanel’s revolutionary designs were elegant but also comfortable and practical, as they freed women from wearing corsets and dared to shorten skirts so that ankles could be seen!
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