It was not all glamour for one of the most inspirational women fashion designers of all time, Coco Chanel. Born in 1883, she had a tough and rough childhood. At 12, her mother passed away. She was sent to the orphanage where she learnt how to sew from the nuns and she became a household name with her trademark items like the little black dress, the Chanel suit, the quilted bag and her signature perfume No.5. Chanel is remembered for her timeless designs that will never go out of style. Her fashion co concept and emphasis is on comfort far from the conventional clothing women were accustomed to during her time. Her relaxed fashions, bell bottoms, short skirts and casual look all highlighted a different course to that of the corset fashions popular at that time. On her birthday these are some of the iconic fashion items Coco Chanel added to fashion and how she was one among the few to alter the course of fashion.
Although this timeless dress origin is unknown, Coco Chanel was undeniably famous for popularising it. Made even more famous when worn by silver screen actresses such as Audrey Hepburn. Now a fashion item found in every girlâ€™s closet.TrousersA born rebel, her fashion always directed women to break away from the conventional norms of the society. And although born in 1883, a time where women were supposedly to wear skirts, bustles and hats she was one of the first women to defiantly wear trousers in public. This androgynous fashion item is now worn and loved by almost every woman. So, another thank you Coco Chanel!
Another fashion item made yet famous by Coco Chanel. This shirt suit with a collarless, cardigan like jacket made just right an image to be worn by strong, independent women is solely attributed to Chanel. Not only was her fashion visually appealing, it conveyed a message to women the world over.
A fashion item drawn inspiration from the much lower social-economic rungs of the society, fishermen, this nautical inspired look of blue and white stripe is yet another classic look started by Coco Chanel.
A show of large, fake pearls, those heavy laden diamond embedded necklaces, ropes of fake gold are yet another fashion items Coco Chanel is instrumental in launching. And although Coco Chanel has her own collection of jewels she had no fear of experimenting with large costume jewelries. She proved that there can be no limitation in fashion.