Perhaps the most iconic figure in fashion, Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel is the founder of Chanel; one of the most notorious houses of fashion. Coco was born into a life of hardship, experiencing the death of her mother and the consequent abandonment of her father at the vulnerable age of twelve.
Before she became Coco Chanel, fashion powerhouse and designer of gorgeous clothes, she had to work her way up. She started as a seamstress, designing hats as a hobby. Then she began making hats for a living. Three years after she opened her hat boutique, she finally entered into the world of clothes, designing and selling her garments to prominent members of society.
There is much debate over personal aspects of her life, especially of her romantic life, but due to her private nature and use of multiple names, it's difficult to decipher truth from rumor.
One thing that is definitely not rumor, however, is that the name Chanel has become synonymous with classic glamor. Coco once said "A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous." And that is exactly what she always was. Tweeds, nautical stripes, black, jackets, hats, and pearls define Coco's infamous style.