Gabrielle Bonheur Chanel was a singer before venturing into the fashion world as a designer, her performance on two popular tunes titled "Ko Ko Ri Ko" and "Qui qu'a vu Coco" in clubs earned her the mellifluous moniker "Coco".
Gabrielle Bonheur Chanel was born on 19th August, 1883, in Saumur, France. She grew up in an orphanage where she got the chance to learn sewing from the nuns. This talent helped her greatly when she opted to ditch her career as a singer in clubs and start her first shop selling magnificent hats on Paris's Rue Cambon in 1910. Her fame as a fashion designer grew when she designed a dress out of an old-fashioned jersey. In the early 1920s, she forayed into the world of perfumes and launched Chanel No. 5 which was the first perfume brand to have its name on a designer. Revolutionizing freedom for women of her era, she designed the elegant Chanel suit with collarless jacket paired with a well-fitted skirt and the epitome of fashion 'The little black dress'.
Her legacy leaves on along with the opulence of her name, her story still mesmerizes and inspires many who want to make a big name in the world of glamor and creativity. Here are some of her finely polished quotes that leave a deep impression on one's psyche.
"I don't do fashion, I'm Fashion!"
"Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening."
"Fashion fades, only style remains the same."
"Fashion is architecture: it is a matter of proportions."
"I love luxury. And luxury lies not in richness and ornateness but in the absence of vulgarity. Vulgarity is the ugliest word in our language. I stay in the game to fight it."
"Fashion is made to become unfashionable."
"Some people think luxury is the opposite of poverty. It is not. It is the opposite of vulgarity."
"It is always better to be slightly underdressed."
"Fashion is always of the time in which you live. It is not something standing alone. But the grand problem, the most important problem, is to rejuvenate women. To make women look young. Then their outlook changes. They feel more joyous."
"The best color in the whole world is the one that looks good on you."
"Fashion has two purposes: comfort and love. Beauty comes when fashion succeeds."
"A beautiful dress may look beautiful on a hanger, but that means nothing. It must be seen on the shoulders, with the movement of the arms, the legs, and the waist."
"There is nothing more comfortable than a caterpillar and nothing more made for love than a butterfly. We need dresses that crawl and dresses that fly. Fashion is at once a caterpillar and a butterfly, caterpillar by day, butterfly by night."
"A fashion that does not reach the streets is not a fashion."
"It is the unseen, unforgettable, ultimate accessory of fashion that heralds your arrival and prolongs your departure."
"Nothing goes out of fashion sooner than a long dress with a very low neck."
"Fashion has become a joke. The designers have forgotten that there are women inside the dresses. Most women dress for men and want to be admired. But they must also be able to move, to get into a car without bursting their seams! Clothes must have a natural shape."
"In fashion, you know you have succeeded when there is an element of upset."
"If you're sad, add more lipstick and attack. Men hate women who weep."
"Simplicity is the keynote of all true elegance."
"I invented my life by taking for granted that everything I did not like would have an opposite, which I would like."
"I never wanted to weigh more heavily on a man than a bird."
"In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different."
"I don't care what you think about me. I don't think about you at all."
"My life didn't please me, so I created my life."
"Arrogance is in everything I do. It is in my gestures, the harshness of my voice, in the glow of my gaze, in my sinewy, tormented face."
"Everyone marries the Duke of Westminster. There are a lot of duchesses, but only one Coco Chanel."
"I imposed black; it's still going strong today, for black wipes out everything else around."
"In 1919 I woke up famous. I'd never guessed it. If I'd known I was famous, I'd have stolen away and wept. I was stupid. I was supposed to be intelligent. I was sensitive and very dumb."
"When I find a color darker than black, I'll wear it. But until then, I'm wearing black!"
"I was the one who changed, it wasn't fashion. I was the one who was in fashion."
"May my legend prosper and thrive. I wish it a long and happy life."
"When I can no longer create anything, I'll be done for."
"I am not young but I feel young. The day I feel old, I will go to bed and stay there. J'aime la vie! I feel that to live is a wonderful thing."
Quotes For Women on Fashion, Beauty, & Men
"A girl should be two things: Classy and Fabulous."
"Women have always been the strong ones of the world. The men are always seeking from women a little pillow to put their heads down on. They are always longing for the mother who held them as infants."
"Nature gives you the face you have at twenty; it is up to you to merit the face you have at fifty."
"Look for the woman in the dress. If there is no woman, there is no dress."
"Elegance does not consist in putting on a new dress."
"Dress shabbily and they remember the dress; dress impeccably and they remember the woman."
"A woman who doesn't wear perfume has no future."
"As long as you know men are like children, you know everything!"
"I don't understand how a woman can leave the house without fixing herself up a little - if only out of politeness. And then, you never know, maybe that's the day she has a date with destiny. And it's best to be as pretty as possible for destiny."
"You can be gorgeous at thirty, charmimg at forty, and irresistible for the rest of your life."
"Where should one use perfume?" a young woman asked. "Wherever one wants to be kissed."
"I wanted to give a woman comfortable clothes that would flow with her body. A woman is closest to being naked when she is well-dressed."
"Adornment, what a science! Beauty, what a weapon! Modesty, what elegance!"
"A woman's education consists of two lessons: never leave the house without stocking, never go out without a hat."
"A woman with good shoes is never ugly!"
"If a woman is poorly dressed, you notice her dress, and if she's impeccably dressed, you notice the woman."
"Men always remember a woman who caused them concern and uneasiness."
"I don't know why women want any of the things men have when one of the things that women have is men."
"As soon as you set foot on a yacht you belong to some man, not to yourself, and you die of boredom."
"Youth is something very new: twenty years ago no one mentioned it."
"A woman who cuts her hair is about to change her life."
"If a man speaks badly about all women, it usually means he was burned by one woman."
"Women think of all colors except the absence of color. I have said that black has it all. White too. Their beauty is absolute. It is the perfect harmony."
"Scheherezade is easy; a little black dress is difficult."
"Elegance is not the prerogative of those who have just escaped from adolescence, but of those who have already taken possession of their future."
"If you were born without wings, do nothing to prevent their growing."
Inspirational Pearls of Wisdom
"There is no time for cut-and-dried monotony. There is time for work. And time for love. That leaves no other time!"
"Success is often achieved by those who don't know that failure is inevitable."
"The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud."
"Jump out the window if you are the object of passion. Flee it if you feel it. Passion goes, boredom remains."
"There are people who have money and people who are rich."
"Since everything is in our heads, we had better not lose them."
"Those who create are rare; those who cannot are numerous. Therefore, the latter are stronger."
"Innovation! One cannot be forever innovating. I want to create classics."
"How many cares one loses when one decides not to be something but to be someone."
"Don't spend time beating on a wall, hoping to transform it into a door."
These quotes pay a classic tribute to her straightforward, posh, and signature style impeccable fashion sense and vision.