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Leadership: Coco Chanel

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Alexis Cormier

on 10 February 2014

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Transcript of Leadership: Coco Chanel

Early Life and Background
Born on August 18, 1883 in Samur, France
Known By The World
opened more boutiques across Europe, they became extremely popular, even in other countries
Opportunity to bury her past
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Her legal name is Gabrielle Bonheur Chanel
born into a poor family with unwed parents
Father abandoned the family, mother died at an early age
Gabrielle and her sister were sent to an orphanage
At age 18, found a job as a seamstress and singer at a cafe-concert
Eventually took on her stage name, "Coco"
First Start to Fame
Met the wealthy and ex-cavalry officer, Étienne Balsan and shortly after, became his mistress
introduced her to the "rich life"
Had an affair with Balsan's friend, Arthur "Boy" Capel
financed Chanel's first boutique
inspired "jodpuhrs"
became a milliner (designed hats)
produced Chanel No. 5
affair lasted 9 years, but Capel was not faithful
Capel died in a car crash and left Chanel depressed
Started to design costumes for films and plays
Widened her creativity range to jewelery and fragrance
Created many seasonal fashion lines that increased in popularity
Became one of the richest and most influential women of Europe at the time
Had a vision, and wanted to achieve it
She wanted to liberate women
She was herself
Who Followed?
Rich people
A Legacy Was Made
Created a revolution in women's fashion
"The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud." - Coco Chanel
"One cannot be forever innovating. I want to create classics."
"To be irreplaceable, you must be different."
“My life didn't please me, so I created my life.”
Allowed women to be a part of business
Still sold today and is one of the biggest clothing industries in the world
Died: January 10, 1971 (Age 87)
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