Women’s Fashion: CHANEL

GABRIELLE CHANEL (1883 – 1971)

Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel
Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel

Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel, a French fashion designer, set the epitome for twenties fashion. Inspired by menswear, she pioneered the “little boy” look and aimed for comfort and elegance. It is said that her clothing embodied youth and freedom. Chanel revolutionized fashion in the materials she used and in the simplicity and practicability in her design. Most significantly, Chanel invented the women’s suit and, in 1926, introduced the infamous “little black dress” to the fashion world. Both of these icons of the development of women’s fashion, concurrent with increased female independence, have endured decade after decade and can be spotted on the streets today.

The Chanel suit.
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One response to “Women’s Fashion: CHANEL

  1. I don’t think any report on women’s fashion is complete without mention of Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel. I truly believe she was the number one designer of the Twentieth Century. Thanks to her women fashions are more comfortable. She revoluntionize women’s wear. She did many of her early designs from cotton jerzey knit. In a way her designs were the for runner of T-shirt (OK, maybe that’s aliitle exaggerated), but I truly think we have Chanel to thank for the popularity of jerzey.

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