Pronunciation: Sha-nel

Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel is perhaps one of the most influential fashion designers in the history of fashion (Time Magazine honored her as one of the 20 most influential artists, entertainers of the 20th century.) Born in 1881, it’s hard to believe that the woman who made jersey knits elegant was met with a cool reception when her first collection was introduced. By the time she died in 1971, she had revolutionized the fashion world and left a design and business legacy that can be found in some of the most famous fashion houses in the world.

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