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Coco Chanel – Inspirational French Designer

Coco Chanel was a French fashion designer and business woman who created Chanel. Here are some fun facts about her!

– Her real name was Gabrielle Bonheur Chanel.

– She was the only fashion designer to be listed on TIME Magazine’s 100 most influential people of the 20th century.

– When she was 11 years old, her mother died and her father was left with six children. He sent a few everywhere, with Coco going to the convent of Aubazine (which also ran an orphanage).

– At the convent, the nuns taught her how to sew and make clothes.

– She lived in a boarding house for Catholic girls in Moulins, France. While living there, she became a seamstress and a nightclub singer. Her stage name was Coco, so she went by it publicly.

– She opened up her first store in Deauville, France, in 1913.

– She lived at the Hotel Ritz, in Paris for over thirty years! (That is a long time in one hotel room!)

– She dated two royals: Grand Duke Dmitri Pavlovich of Russia and Hugh Grosvenor, the second Duke of Westminster.

– Here are some movies based on her life: Chanel Solitaire (1981), Coco Chanel (2008), Coco before Coco (2009), and Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky (2009).

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