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Never Give Up Your Dream: Coco Chanel; Rags to Riches Story

Posted on Friday, September 11, 2009 in Sewing Machines

The woman who designed casual and comfort fashion themes; simple suits, dresses, women’s trousers, perfumes, and of course handbags.  Coco Chanel’s rags to riches story. 

A Brief History-Learning To Sew 

Coco Chanel was born in 1883 in Saumur.  Her mother worked in the poorhouse where Gabrielle was born, her mother died when she was only 6 years old, leaving her father with five children  who he would abandon for work  to his relative to care for them.The father then abandoned them in an orphanage of the Roman Catholic monastery of Aubazine,  where she learned the trade of a seamstress.


She spent her school holidays, she would spend with relatives, where her female relatives taught her how to sew better than what the nuns knew at the monastery. As soon as she turned 18 she left the orphanage and started to work for a local tailor.


Life Started To Change All Of A Sudden

Whilst working at this tailor shop, Gabrielle met a French playboy and millionaire, Etienne Balsan. began an affair with him, who lavished her with the beauties of the ‘rich life’ dresses, pearls and diamonds. While living with him, Chanel, began designing hats as her hobby which then became a big interest to her and started taking it more seriously. She would order thread and fabrics of different patterns from other places so that she could use it to sew and design her hats by hand, she didnt have a machine. After realising, that he wasn’t right for her she left him and took over his apartment in Paris. In 1913, Coco opened her first shop which sold fashionable raincoats and jackets. The shop then failed to succeed, and she was at the point where she was asked that she had to surrender her properties. This made Chanel more determined. Chanel met up with Balsan’s best friend, Arthur "Boy" Capel, with whom she fell in love. With his help , he offered her to the deal of opening a hat shop of her own, she was able to acquire the property and financial backing. Her hats were worn by famous Frech actresses, which helped to establish her reputation. In 1913, Chanel introduced sportswear at her new boutique in Deauville.


From there she took it  step by step with her sewing and became a multi-millionaire its  abeautiful story, i recently watched the film Coco Avant Chanel, a film about her life story and it was very amazing, it makes you feel determined to follow your dreams and never give up.


I finish with a few of Chanel’s famous quotes:

 “A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous.”


“Success is often achieved by those who don’t know that failure is inevitable.” 


“Don’t spend time beating on a wall, hoping to transform it into a door.”


“I invented my life by taking for granted that everything I did not like would have an opposite, which I would like.” 






By Sabrina A.


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