“In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different.” ~ Gabrielle Bonheur “Coco” Chanel, Founder of Chanel

Summary: The founder of the Chanel Empire, Coco Chanel was a French fashion designer and business woman. Her fame is associated with her major influence in womenswear post World War I, where she liberated women from the “corseted silhouette” stereotype associated with female fashion. Coco Chanel pioneered the influence of men’s fashion in womenswear industry through popularizing sporty and casual chic clothing while maintaining a feminine style. Not only that, her empire soon grew to include jewelry, handbag and fragrance. Coco Chanel is known for her ambition, determination and energy in her personal and professional life. Her legacy, the Chanel fashion empire remains true to her vision to date.

Nationality: French

Industry: Fashion Design & Management

Q: How do you manage to be both varied and true to yourself in your creative process? on fashionabecedaire.tumblr.com

A: If you move away from style, you have to start over and over again, it’s impossible. Unfortunately, this is what is happening at the moment. Some couturiers are really good couturiers but they change every week, and this is the reason why I’ve created my own style. I couldn’t do it if I had to come up with something new every week, you end up creating very ugly thing.