From inauspicious beginnings Gabrielle ‘Coco’ Chanel went on to become one of the most iconic women of the 20th century. Her name is today best known for her trademark Chanel suit, interlocking C logo, 2.55 Chanel handbag range and the legendary Chanel fragrance, No.5. Her creations were timeless with silhouettes enduring through the decades and her fame was solidified with the introduction of the ‘little black dress’, today an essential part of any woman’s wardrobe.
Chanel's ‘back to basics’ approach to fashion revolutionised the industry, as did her pioneering of ‘laid back luxe’ and the wearing of trousers by women.
Now headed by the irrepressible Karl Lagerfeld, Chanel is arguably the most famous fashion brand in the world with its haute couture and Prêt-à-Porter front rows reading like a who’s who of the world's fashion and Hollywood elite.
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