Gabrielle Bonheur Chanel(19 August 1883January 1971)Was a French fashion designer and founder of the Chanel brand.
Gabrielle Bonheur Chanel was born to an unmarried mother, Eugenie Jeanne Devolle-known as Jeanne who worked as a laundrywoman, in the charity hospital run by the sisters of providence(a poorhouse)in Saumur,
France. She was her mothers second child with albert
Chanel the first Julia ,was born less than a year earlier.
Albert Chanel was a itinerant street vendor.in 1884, he married Jeanne Devolle persuaded to do so by her family who had united, effectively, to pay Albert to marry her. The couple had 5 children who survived-two boys and three girls, who lived crowded into a one-room.
When Gabrielle was 12,her mother died of bronchitis at age of 31
Coco chanel and her siblings Personal Life
Aspirations For a stage career
Chanel made her stage debut singing at a cafe-concert(a popular entertainment venue of the era)it was at the time that Gabrielle acquired the name ”coco” possibly based on two songs in which she became identified
“ko ko ri ko” and “qui qu’a vu coco” the year 1906 found chanel in the spa resort town of vichy. vichy boasted a profusion at a concert halls. Theatres
Balsan and Capel
It was at Moulins that chanel met the young french ex-cavalry officer and the wealthy textile heir Etienne Balsan. At the age of 23
Chanel became Balsan’s mistress. For the next three years she lived with him. In 1908 Chanel began and affair with one of Balsan’s friends
Captain Arthur Edward Capel. Chanel began designing hats while living with Balsan. Initially as a diversion that involved into a commercial enterprise then she opened a boutique named
Gabrielle Dorziat modelling a chanel hat, may 1912 published in les modes Deauville and Biarritz
In 1913 Chanel opened a boutique in
Deauville financed by Arthur Capel where she introduced deluxe casual clothes suitable for leisure and sport.
Chanel sold hats, jackets, and the mariniere, the sailor blouse. Chanel determined to re-create the success she had enjoyed in Deauville opened an establishment in Biarritz.
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