On This Day In History: Coco Chanel

Photo by: Douglas Kirkland

Today is the 132nd birthday of famed fashion designer Coco Chanel. Despite being born into poverty and raised in an orphanage, Chanel managed to overcome her difficult beginnings to become a true cultural icon. With an unflappable style all her own, Chanel is credited with helping inspire a women’s fashion movement that deviated from stuffy, uncomfortable formal wear (such as corsets and petticoats) to more elegant, comfortable concepts of feminine fashion. Among her creations is the now ubiquitous “little black dress.”

Coco Chanel on style:

Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only; fashion is something in the air. It’s the wind that blows in the new fashion; you feel it coming, you smell it. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.

Discover your own take on elegance here at the Spangler Libraries!


Coco Chanel and the pulse of history; By: Rhonda K. Garelick (New York: Random House, 2014).




Chanel : a woman of her own; By:  Axel Madsen (New York: H. Holt, 1990).


chanel3The thoughtful dresser : the art of adornment, the pleasures of shopping, and why clothes matter; By: Linda Grant (London: Scribner, 2010).


Work Cited

Coco Chanel. (2015). In Encyclopaedia Britannica. Retrieved from http://academic.eb.com/EBchecked/topic/105474/Coco-Chanel

Madsen, Axel. (1990). Chanel: A woman of her own. New York: H. Holt.


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