Coco Chanel: a Fashion Icon Legacy Essay

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Coco Chanel: A Fashion Icon Legacy
Thinking of fashion, many names come into mind: Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Dior, Burberry, Marc Jacobs, and Yves Saint Laurent, but the one that sticks out over all of these seems to constantly be Chanel. Chanel’s story is most inspiring due to her journey; she was not born into the glamour life. Chanel had to work for success, coming up from impoverishment, not even bringing a family with her out of it. She was to be the name on the company, the one that will be admired and noted for the work she did and the obstacles she overcame. Coco Chanel’s hardships not only shaped her future and designs, but they revolutionized fashion and created an iconic image and company that will not be forgotten.
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Chanel could have very well been finished, as a company and a woman, if it was not for Winston Churchill (“Telegraph” 5). With much of the population still viewing her as unfaithful to her country, she left Paris “in a sort of exile” and moved to Switzerland until the age of 70 (A&E 3-4). During her intermission, she got weary and released a collection, which debuted in 1953, returning to Paris with newfound respect (Krick 2). Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel passed away on January 10, 1971, fully dressed (“Telegraph”). The article from “Telegraph” then explains the day before:
Mademoiselle Chanel was still working, even though it was a Saturday, furiously racing against the clock to finish her latest couture collection. The following morning, she was forced to remain at rest; even the formidable Chanel could not insist that her employees go to work on a Sunday . . . Mademoiselle Chanel took the lift back to her bedroom on the sixth floor, where her maid Céline was waiting for her. She was tired, she said to Céline, and lay down on her bed, still fully clothed, not wanting her maid to undress her. At about 8.30pm, she suddenly cried out to Céline that she couldn't breathe, asking her to open the window. The maid rushed to her mistress's bedside, trying to help her . . .
Showing hard work and dedication until her death, this quote shows her iconic stature and how important the fashion as to

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