August 19th, 1883 - January 10th, 1971
French fashion and perfume designer
Coco Chanel, born as Gabrielle Bonheur Chasnel, freed up women's bodies by designing corsetless dresses, without constrictive waistlines and comfortable to wear. Nicknamed Coco, because of her penchant for singing the early 20th-century pop song Qui qu'a vu Coco dans l'Trocadéro, those near to her simply called her Mademoiselle. A fashion designer who countered the traditional flow, she had adopted a simple, clean style, inspired by the harmonious and geometrical lines of French abbeys, by the beige colour of their walls, and by the black and white garb of the nuns. She was also one of the first designers to associate dressmaking and perfume, when she launched her now celebrated Chanel No. 5.
Montreal Eaton Centre, Second floor
705 Sainte-Catherine Street West
office 5-104 | H3B 4G5
Montréal, Québec (Canada)