“Success is often achieved by those who don’t know that failure is inevitable”
Gabrielle Bonheur Chanel (1883-1971), the founder of the chanel brand, was an iconic french fashion designer and businesswoman who stills rules the heart of fashion lovers with her timeless designs, trademark suits and little black dresses(pearls were her personal favourite accessories). She is known as the world’s all time great courterier who ruled over the Parisian haute couture for about six decades.
She is the fashion inspiration to wide range of individuals but for me she is a hero. Not just her iconic fashion style impresses me but also her journey to be the coco chanel. Her influential rags-to-riches story and charismatic personality defines the reason she is the only fashion designer listed on TIME magazine’s list of 100 most influential people of 20th century.
Chanel was born in the poor part of France and had a frugal childhood. She lost her mother at the age of 12 and her father abandoned her in the orphanage where she learned to sew from the nuns. She also had a brief singing career before she opened her first clothes shop which was unsuccessful. But instead of giving up on it, she with her continous hard work, determination and ambition towards her dream made a name of her own. She successfully revolutionised the stereotypically conservative dresses of women of the period with her simple, practical and spontaneous designs which were admired by the woman all around the world. She pioneered the androgynous look for women when they believed in hustled skirts and hats with plumes.
She did what she was passionate about and did it with all her might. It wasn’t easy for her to achieve her dream but she was determined not to give up. Her financial status was an obstacle but the major obstacle was that she was born in the period when females weren’t respected and their views were suppressed. But she overcomes all her obstacles, achieved her dream and also provided freedom to other women through her comfortable clothes which allowed them to take part in sports and everything they were deprived of due to the conservative dresses. She redefined countless aspects of the fashion industry.
“Everyday is a fashion show and the world is the runway”
So darling, get up, dress up, show up and never give up on your dreams even if they seem challenging. Get inspired from Coco Chanel!
Is Chanel your fashion icon too? If not, who is? You can drop it in the comments below, I would love to know.