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The Life and Times of Coco Chanel There have been many women of great influence throughout the years but in the world of fashion there was one above all the rest Coco Chanel After years of triumphs and failures she gracefully stated Nature gives you the face you have at twenty Life shapes the face you have at thirty But at fifty you get the face you deserve Gabrielle Coco Chanel was a great woman of her time from her humble beginnings to becoming the most influential designer of her time she incorporated good looks and comfort for women of the 1920s and formed a strong capital investment for herself even after her death Born into a destitute Auvergnate family August 19 1883 Gabrielle Chanel was destined to be a notable face in the French and global fashion scene She was given the very fitting middle name of Bonheur meaning happiness by a nun in the convent hospital where she was delivered The young Gabrielle enjoyed being in the company of friends and was always filled with stories although they were often falsities Current Biography 1 But there was one story that proved her intent to participate in fashion and that was the habitual action of cutting up the curtains in the living room to make dresses for her dolls 1 What a magnificent way to prepare for a life of style In February 1895 Chanels mother Jeanne was found dead presumably because of her constant pregnancies Chanel A Woman of Her Own 9 her father Albert left for good abandoning Gabrielle and her four siblings They were placed into an orphanage in Aubazine The three Chanel girls Julie Antoinette and Gabrielle remained at the orphanage for the next six years while the two boys Alphonse and Lucien became unpaid child laborers at their young age of eight 10 In 1900 Gabrielle left the orphanage at eighteen with her sister
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