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Biography: ( 10 things, but write it in sentence )
•    Use Bullet Points
Signature Looks:
At least 3 examples from his/her time period
Significance:
Answer in complete sentences.
Why is this designer an icon or important?
How did this designer match the zeitgeist of his/her time?
Describe in detail the essence of this designer’s style. Use words to describe the visual (line, color, texture, weight, historical influence, spirit e.g. glamorous, casual, elegant, youthful, playful, etc.)
What are the designer’s influences?
Signature Looks Today:
At least 2 examples of their style in today’s market (you may use another designer or brand to show their modern influence)
Works Cited
List in MLA format
Images Cited
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Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel

1883-1971
Biography
?    Born in Saumur, France
?     Sent to an orphanage at age 12
?     First job with her aunt as an assistant to clothing store owner
?     Nicknamed ‘Coco’ from her version of a popular song
?     At 25, went to live at Etienne Balsan’s estate
?     Began trimming hats 1908-09, opened a shop in Balsan’s apartment in Paris
?    1910 opened Chanel Modes, worked as milliner
?     1913 opened shop near Normandy Hotel – introduced  jersey sports suit
?     Chanel sweater came from Coco wearing a man’s Polo sweater for warmth
?     Chanel flourished during World War I
?     First fashion house, 1915
?    Created first perfume named after a couture designer called Chanel No. 5
Signature Looks:

1. Chanel Jewelry                     2. Little Black Dress

3. Chanel Suit
Significance:
Coco Chanel was an innovator and forward thinker. She had a unique point of view which perfectly coincided with the zeitgeist of her time. Specifically, she believed women should be able to dress as comfortably as a man. Her design aesthetic featured menswear for women including white cuffs and collars to resemble a man’s suit, Polo sweaters, French sailor shirts and fisherman sweaters. . During and after WWI, women simply could not keep up with the tasks they necessarily had to undertake when men went to war. The simplified, comfortable, uncorseted clothes Chanel created were both elegant and practical. Along with the adoption of the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote, Chanel’s designs ushered in a new era.
When styles changed in 1947 and the hourglass figure came back in vogue, Chanel stepped aside rather than compromise her vision. As the Women’s Rights Movement began to gain steam again at the end of the 1950’s, Chanel reopened her Couture House and enjoyed more massive success and acclaim, using her strong vision to dress women in style throughout the 1960’s.
Signature Looks Today:

4. Celebrities Wearing Chanel Today

Works Cited
Bott, Danie`le. Chanel: Collections and Creations. London: Thames & Hudson, 2007. Print.
De, La Haye, Amy., and Shelley Tobin. Chanel, the Couturiere at Work. Woodstock, N.Y.: Overlook, 1994. Print.
Koda, Harold, Andrew Bolton, and Rhonda K. Garelick. Chanel. New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2005. Print.

Images Cited
1. Ventura, Erica. CHANEL. Digital image. StyleNotes – Appunti Di Stile. Web. 10 Oct. 2011. <http://www.stylenotes.it/2009/03/chanel.html>.
2. Chanel-Little Black Dress. Http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/works-of-art/1984.28a-c. Digital image. Web.
3. Styles That Stick: The Chanel Suit – StyleList. Digital image. Stylelist. Web. 10 Oct. 2011. <http://www.stylelist.com/2007/09/25/styles-that-stick-the-chanel-suit/>.
4. Chanel – Celebrities Wearing the Styles – Photos at InStyle.com. Runway Photos – Spring, Fall Styles – Designer Central Collections – Designer Central – InStyle. Web. 09 June 2010. <http://fashiondesigners.instyle.com/who_is_wearing/thumbs/chanel/results.html>.

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