With her skillful hands and immense talent, Chanel gave us much of what we know as ‘couture’ today. Gabrielle ‘Coco’ Chanel was born in Maine-etLoire, France, in 1883. Though raised in an orphanage, her skill, ambition, and industriousness led her to open her first millinery shop in 1909 at age 26. A year later, she opened a fashion boutique in Paris. Chanel took the design world by storm; through her grit and perseverance, she was wildly successful not once, but twice, her two careers flanking the years of World War II. From the beginning, Chanel designed clothes to fit the body and give the wearer freedom of movement.
We featured this exhibition in Issue 98 Together.