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Coco Chanel. By: Carly Massey. Coco’s Childhood.

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coco chanel

Coco Chanel

By: Carly Massey

coco s childhood
Coco’s Childhood

When Coco was a child she had a pretty hard life. She grew up in an orphanage, raised by the nuns of the Catholic church from ages 11-18. Her mother died with TB and her father was always on the run from his family. Coco and her 2 other sisters were left alone and then were sent to the orphanage.

coco s education
Coco’s Education

Coco was in an orphanage and was taught six days a week. She only learned how to become a basic seamstress at this school. & she learned more technique from family such as her aunts.

becoming famous
Becoming Famous

Coco was born August 19, 1883 as Gabrielle Bonheur Chanel in France and died January 10th, 1971. Her mother died when she was very young. Her father, unable to care for her and her five siblings, gave the children over to relatives whom raised them. When Gabrielle was about 20, she became a café singer. She later became a mistress to several wealthy men & had the power. She was then able to start up her own designer shop in France and purse her career as a designer.

how she got the name
How She Got The Name

Coco’s actual name was Gabrielle Bonheur, when she started her first career as a signer, everyone called her Coco. She got that name from one of the song’s that she sang.

first company
First Company

In 1913, she opened her first shop in Paris, followed by another in the resort town of Deauville. Her line was hats and a limited line of garments for women. Most of the clothing Coco designed was made of jersey, at the time, it was inexpensive, yet it wore well and suited her designs. Coco had set out to design simple, practical and easy to wear clothing for the woman of the era

coco s first business
Coco’s First Business

In 1910, Coco opened her first business selling hats and lady’s wear on 21 rue Cambon. She became famous and premiered in fashion magazines. She didn’t have the money to start it herself so her friend, Arthur Capel, loaned her the money to start her business.

was coco successful
Was Coco Successful?

Coco was a very successful person. She started her business in 1910 & it is still strong today. Women all over the world dream about having Chanel hand bags and clothes. Chanel started her business after she was turned down at becoming a singer. Before she opened her business she made the outfits for the artists to perform in. She was very successful at what she did.edid.

chanel products
Chanel Products

More modern hand bag.

1900s handbag.

Older handbag from the 1990s.

Todays Chanel Perfume.

1900s Chanel hat.

chanel logo
Chanel Logo

The Chanel logo is two C’s crossed together to represent her initials.

chanel quote
Chanel Quote

In Order to be irreplaceable, one must be different

how much was she worth
How Much was she Worth?

When Coco died she was work 4.5 billion dollars!

coco s death
Coco’s Death

Coco Died January 10, 1971 at the age of 89 in her hotel room.


interesting extras
Interesting Extras

In 1921 along with the great perfumer, Ernest Beaux created this mythical perfume, Chanel No. 5. Coco met this designer through her then Russian beau, Grand Duke Dmitri. Ernest Beaux actually made more than 20 fragrances for her and it was the fifth one that Coco liked. In 1924, she took on a partner in the perfume business. Chanel No. 5 remains today as the most famous perfume ever made and the top most selling perfume in the world

more interesting facts
More Interesting Facts

Not only was Coco having a war time affair with a German aristocrat and spy, but that she herself was also an agent of Germany's Abwehr military intelligence organization and a rabid anti-Semite. Also known as a Nazi spy.