Five facts you may not have known about … Coco Chanel
1) She came from a poor background – she was born in a hospice for the poor; her mother did laundry for a living and died of tuberculosis and her father simply deserted them. She was put into an orphanage at the age of twelve and lived there for six years – it was actually the nuns there that taught her to sew!
2) She began her career designing hats – as a hobby. Later, as she became more famous, a hat designed by Coco Chanel was a must-have item for aristocratic Parisian ladies.
3) She lived in a hotel for more than 30 years – The Ritz Hotel, Paris to be precise. She had a very luxurious suite, and lived there happily for 37 years until her death in 1971. Check out her apartment below – isn’t it gorgeous?
4) She was the first person to name a perfume after herself – this is called a “vanity perfume” apparently.
Fun fact: somewhere, someone in the world buys a bottle of Chanel No. 5 every 30 seconds. Goodness …
5) When Coco passed away, there were only three outfits found in her suite at The Ritz. Three??? Here’s hoping she had a fabulous stash elsewhere.
Fun quiz: can you name what are considered the four, signature “must-have” Chanel items to have in your wardrobe?
1) the tweed jacket
2) the perfume (Chanel No. 5 of course!)
3) the LBD (Little Black Dress) and
4) the quilted handbag.
Do any of you have all four of these? And could you survive with only three outfits?