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Transcript of COCO CHANEL
Chanel No. 5
Gabrielle opens her first shop on 21 Rue Cambon in Paris
Created large hats for actresses that became popular and imitated across the globe
Discovers Jersey Fabric and creates line of sportswear for women
Perfume created with help from Ernest Beaux, perfume creator for Tsars
Become the best selling worldwide perfume after WWII
Le Train Bleu
The Legend of
Chanel is at the peak of her success
4000 employees, and 5 stores on Rue Cambon alone
Closes stores and flees to Sweden
One store left open; soldiers buy Chanel perfume and accessories to bring home to their wives
introduces the 2.55 quilted bag
January 10 in apartment at the Ritz Hotel
Gabrielle Bonheur Chanel born August 19th
Birthplace: Saumur, France
Family: Mom, Dad, 2 known Sisters
Gabrielle's mother passes away; father gives her away to an orphanage
Gabrielle grows up in a Cistercian Abbey in correze named Aubazine; isolated but finds inspiration
Vichy and Moulins
Gabrielle and her Aunt begin singing in bars for soldiers
Most Popular Song: "Qui Qu'A Vu Coco?"
Soldier Etienne Balsan nicknames Gabrielle "Coco"
Katherine Hepburn plays Chanel in broadway show "Coco"
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