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Fashion Designers – Chanel

Chanel S.A., commonly known as Chanel is a Parisian fashion house founded by the late couturier Coco Chanel, recognized as one of the most chic in haute couture. Specializing in luxury goods (haute couture, ready-to-wear, handbags, perfumery, and cosmetics among others), the Chanel label has become one of the most recognized names in the luxury and haute couture fashion industry.



Chanel is one of today’s best known and most highly sought-after fashion brands, and has been one practically since it was founded by Coco (Gabrielle) Chanel in 1909. Her big break hit when she opened a small shop in Paris in 1910 where she sold her hats.  Chanel was trendsetting before there were trends. Her post–World War I look gained attention, as she brought on modernism in fashion through beaded dresses in the twenties, the infamous little black dress, as well as a two- or thee-piece suit, which is still a signature Chanel look.

By 1921 she introduced Chanel No. 5, and was once quoted as saying “A woman who doesn’t wear perfume has no future.” The company has had many high-profile celebrities as Chanel No. 5 spokesmodel, including Catherine Deneuve, Nicole Kidman, Audrey Tautou, and most famously, Marilyn Monroe (1950s Chanel No. 5 spokesmodel) pictured splashing herself with a bottle of Chanel No. 5.

chanel №5

chanel №5

After a period away from Paris, Chanel returned after the Second World War in the fifties, a time when Christian Dior was touted as Paris’s premiere couturier. However, Chanel rose again with the launch of her chain-link belt and quilted leather bags—today with the interlocking C’s—reestablishing Chanel as the definition of classy glamour with an edge. That is, until Karl Lagerfeld joined in 1983 to revive it to its elite status, which he did with added glamour and sexiness. Today, Chanel stands out in just about every category—couture, ready-to-wear, accessories, jewelry, shoes, and fragrances. What began as a no-nonsense approach to fashion, designed to let women be comfortable while looking dignified, has been translated into classic, tailored style, especially in ready-to-wear, where the traditional tweed Chanel suit with a nipped-at-the-waist cardigan jacket remains one of the most popular—and most copied—fashion staples.

Evening gowns tend to have an understated sex appeal and a bit of whimsy, and appear in luxurious fabrics with lots of embellishments. Fitting, since that’s the absolute embodiment of the label even a century after it was founded.

Designed By:
Karl Lagerfeld, 1984 – Present
Yvonne Dudel, 1971 – 1984
Jean Cazaubon, 1971 – 1984
Philippe Guibourge, 1971 – 1984
Coco Chanel, 1913 – 1971
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Karl Otto Lagerfeld (born September 10, 1933 is a German-born fashion designer and artist based in Paris, France. He has collaborated on a variety of fashion and art related projects, most notably as head designer and creative director for the fashion house Chanel.

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