Coco Chanel (Coco Chanel ( her real name is Gabrielher real name is Gabriel
Bonyor Chanel)Bonyor Chanel)
She was born on the19She was born on the19thth
of August.of August.
She died on the10She died on the10thth
of January.of January.
She was born in a poor familyShe was born in a poor family..Her motherHer mother
dieddied,, when Gabriel was 12 years old.when Gabriel was 12 years old.
She had been living in a shelter for 5She had been living in a shelter for 5
When she wasWhen she was 1717 ,,she began working asshe began working as
a sellera seller in a clothes shopin a clothes shop,, she spent hershe spent her
free time singing in a cafefree time singing in a cafe..
Her songsHer songs ««Ko Ko Ri KoKo Ko Ri Ko»» andand ««Qui quaQui qua
vu Cocovu Coco»» gave her a nicknamegave her a nickname ««CCооccо»о»..
FrenchFrench officer Et`en Balzan fall in love withofficer Et`en Balzan fall in love with
ChanelChanel.. She moved to himShe moved to him..JustJust in Et’en’sin Et’en’s
house she createdhouse she created the unusual dressthe unusual dress
without a corsetwithout a corset and aand a fluffy skirt.fluffy skirt. It wasIt was
the firstthe first workwork of a famousof a famous couturier .couturier .
Coco’s love with Balzan wasCoco’s love with Balzan was
unhappyunhappy..Balzan left her.But soon she metBalzan left her.But soon she met
an English manufacturer. His name wasan English manufacturer. His name was
Arthur Keppel.Arthur Keppel.
BBut theut theirir lovelove didndidn’’t last long: Arthur diedt last long: Arthur died
because ofbecause of aa heart attackheart attack during theduring the
She was very upset because of his death,She was very upset because of his death,
sheshe sewedsewed a little black dress only in onea little black dress only in one
night. The dress was very ordinary.night. The dress was very ordinary.
The CThe Couturierouturier was surewas sure that pickingthat picking differentdifferent
accessories,accessories, women wouldwomen would wearwear suchsuch
dressesdresses in everyday life.in everyday life.
The cThe couturier saidouturier said thatthat thethe modest thingsmodest things
decoratedecorated thed the womenwomen..
AAll fashion designersll fashion designers had to leavehad to leave ParisParis
duringduring thethe SSecondecond WWorldorld WWar. Chanelar. Chanel hadhad
to leave the city too.to leave the city too. SShehe had beenhad been livlivinging
in Switzerland forin Switzerland for 14 years14 years..
WWhen shehen she came back to Pariscame back to Paris, she, she
createdcreated aa perfume,perfume, aa spiritspirit ,,whwhichich mademade
her famousher famous -- ««ChanelChanel №5»№5»
«I'm tired of wearing«I'm tired of wearing kklatch in hand, I loselatch in hand, I lose
them forever!» - saidthem forever!» - said Coco inCoco in 19541954 andand
made a small rectangular bag with amade a small rectangular bag with a
Chanel worked as a spy in the GermanChanel worked as a spy in the German
troops. During the war she took part introops. During the war she took part in
operation “operation “FashionFashion hat".hat".
SoonSoon she was arrestedshe was arrested.. Her friendHer friend
Winston ChurchillWinston Churchill couldcould reducereduce herher prisonprison
At the end of her life, she said «so what isAt the end of her life, she said «so what is
the glory –the glory – just onlyjust only loneliness!.....».loneliness!.....». SheShe
died in 1971 when sdied in 1971 when she was 87 years oldhe was 87 years old..
This womanThis woman was a real Queen in awas a real Queen in a fashionfashion
world .world . SheShe has createdhas created her ownher own
unforgettable style.unforgettable style. NowNow she is known asshe is known as
«Mademoiselle Coco Chanel»«Mademoiselle Coco Chanel» all over theall over the