Gabrielle Bonheur Chanel: The Lion

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Gabrielle Bonheur Chanel was a Leo. The lion also in her designs throughout her collections. In fact, instead of the interlaced C’s that we know Chanel for, it is a surprise the Lion wasn’t the main stamp. We could see it in her vintage pieces like the quilted bag. When she was a child her father left her and orphan in the convent of Aubazine. She spent here six or seven years. Through her childhood and until she was 18, she learned how to sew which would make her a future designer. Much of Coco Chanel’s design symbols are established in her time at the orphanage at Aubazine. The Romanesque ar in the church she spent a lot of time in, would make her notice the colors of black and white. Religious garments and ceremonial objects inspire her …show more content…
The dress was not essentially a new design but she was a genius at reinventing designs with a touch of elegance. The inspiration behind this dress was exactly that of her wanting to design for a new woman. Hardworking and dedicated. The color black could have been chosen by Chanel because it took back to her days in the Convent of Aubazine from the influence of Romanesque art. Most designers wanted to imitate the little black dress but it was never as popular and versatile as Chanel’s were. Chanel’s dresses were made to wear for daywear, cocktail wear, and evening wear. Chanel wore her evening wear dresses the most. In the 1920’s she ridded the frills, and the frou-frou. She rejected the use of gaudy fabrics and utilized crêpe, and jersey in black of course. A round neckline, long sleeves but they still fit correctly around the arm. The skirt was often below the knees. The lines of the garment had to be correct for the body. No embroidery, no fringe, no sequins, just simple and elegant. In the late 20’s Chanel created sheath dresses with low-cut backs, draped in light chiffons, designed in tulle, with plunging …show more content…
She wanted her designs to contrast those early 1900 designs. She left aside the flamboyant fashion from the past. Using jersey was a bold move because it was regularly used for mens underwear. She chose jersey because it is a fabric that allows significant movement of the body because of its stretchy-ness. She was going to reinvent Haute-Couture. With her new, simple, classic, elegant design, she was able to give women her freedom in the workplace or to what suited their lifestyles. She let them know it was okay for women to dress according to their choices. In Chanel’s designs hemlines were short, and the dresses got easier to move around in. It gave women a sense of freedom. In 1923 she showed her Chanel suit. It was made of a knee-length skirt and well-fitting jacket. The Chanel Suit after almost ninety years, can still be worn fashionably today without any type of change. It was an innovative and rebellious though to take men’s suits and make them suitable for woman’s body’s. It represented being equal with men. Her androgynous style was so totally new that women accepted them because they were looking for the next new thing. She wanted to introduce the “little black dress” and the suit into house hold names, and she did. Black was known specifically for mourning dresses. She saw this color to be elegant and with a different potential. The little black dress is a dress that should fit you always and

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