Gabrielle Bonheur “Coco” Chanel (August 19, 1883 – January 10, 1971) ((Source: Wikipedia)) was born the second daughter of traveling salesman Albert Chanel and Jeanne Devolle. She was born in a small city called Saumur, Maine-et-Loire, France.
There was a misspelling on her birth certificate that read “Chasnel” instead of Chanel, making it almost impossible to trace her family roots.
She was born in a poor house. Her birth was recorded the day after her birth. Two employees of the hospice went to city hall and announced the birth of a girl. However, the hospice employees could not read or write. When the mayor, François Poitu, wrote down her name, no one knew how to spell it, so the mayor improvised and recorded it with an “s”: ” Chasnel” instead of Chanel.
In 1939, at the beginning of World War II, Chanel closed her shops. She did not think that it was a time for fashion. She moved in at the Hôtel Ritz Paris, where she lived for about 30 years. Chanel made this hotel her home, even during the Nazi occupation of Paris. During that time she was criticized for having an affair with Hans Gunther Von Dincklage, a German officer and Nazi spy who arranged for her to stay in the hotel.
You can see some of her famous quotes below. ((Brainy Quote))
- “Since everything is in our heads, we had better not lose them.”
- “There are people who have money and people who are rich.”
- “Look for the woman in the dress. If there is no woman, there is no dress.”
- ” A fashion that does not reach the streets is not a fashion.”