Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Coco Chanel - the pioneer of designer perfumes

When Coco Chanel came with the wife of perfume Chanel No. 5, it might just have realized that this little bottle of scented liquid gold seal its position in the fashion hall of fame.

From rags at the Ritz

Born in 1883 in Saumur, a small french village, Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel was orphaned at age six and spent his formative years or in an orphanage or in the care of parents, who taught him sewing. In 1910, she opened a shop selling women's hats in Paris and from there moved into designing clothes. His revolutionary concept for its time, was that women should be able to feel comfortable in the luxury and it is thanks to the simplicity of his designs that has been achieved. For over 30 years she lived at the Hotel Ritz in Paris.

Chanel was in 1923 when it established the world's most famous perfume Chanel No. 5. Art Deco, with its bottles. Legend has it that the name comes from the many samples of perfume that has been mixed for her to choose, each sample was marked No.1, No.2 and so on and perfume, she chose the sample No. 5 was, and the name stuck. He was the first perfume to bear a name designers.

Initially, the fragrance has been slow to take off. It took more than 30 years later that Chanel has received a mention for its scent that does not cost a cent, but sales have climbed. Marilyn Monroe replied to the question of what she wore in bed, with a seductive answer: "Just a few drops of Chanel No. 5."

Coco Chanel kept working, designing clothes for women rich and famous of the 50 'and 60's - Jackie Kennedy, Audrey Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor and Anne Baxter. Finally, in 1971, Coco Chanel died in her apartment in Paris and is buried in Lausanne, Switzerland.

However, the legacy of Chanel's life and his three most influential creations areas now more popular than ever - the classic Chanel suit, the little black dress, and, of course, the perfume Chanel No. 5.


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