Fashion is in the sky, on the street, fashion has to do with the ideas, the way we live, what is happening.” -Coco Chanel
Coco Chanel have influenced the world of fashion remarkably from her iconic perfume ‘Chanel no.5’ to ‘The little black dress’ her Legacy is unceasingly flourishing even today. she has become one of the most remembered names in the world of fashion. Born in 1883 in the city of Saumer-France, Gabrielle Chanel has inspired women to dress for themselves.
Chanel evince to us as a glamorous woman who have pioneered the fashion industry but there are a lot more ingredients accountable for The Legacy she has designed. Coco came from nothing and build this empire that has outlived her. I am certain we all can learn some lessons from her
1. Play the market.
In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different -Coco Chanel
During her era women wore corsets, long skirts, buttoned up blouses and plums sweating themselves in the name of fashion but mutinous chanel refused a lot of feminine styles during her times and she made pants popular for women which were unthinkable at that time she let their legs move. “I gave them back their bodies that were drenched in sweat due to fashions finer lace, cousets underclothes,padding” she said. She dared to be a rebel and take a risk. She successfully integrated menswear into her clothing line with an edge of Feminine aspect. She turned her humble beginnings into a multi-million dollar business simply because she didn’t let the dubiety of others fill within herself.
2. Don’t let your past define you.
My life didn’t please me, so I created my life. -Coco Chanel
Chanel wasn’t born with money or in a wealthy family who wore luxurious suits. like many others she was born with struggle. After the death of her mother Gabrielle Chanel was sent into an Orphan age by her father who worked as a paddler. she was orphaned at the age of six. It is not always rainbows and butterflies. allthough Chanel had every reason to be unprosperous, she refused to become a Prisoner of her past and chose to be a heroine instead. She became who she wanted to instead of what was given to her.
3. You don’t need a man.
Trying to be a man is a waste of a woman. -Coco Chanel.
Some women choose to follow a man and some choose to follow their dreams. Coco was a fashion Pioneer all without a man behind her. when she was asked by a reporter why she didn’t get married she said “I never wanted to weigh more heavily on a man than a Bird.” she sure had acquaintance with men but she have never let of man define her worth. Chanel have given the truest quote of all time “trying to be a man is a waste of woman” Anyways who needs a man when you have the whole Chanel collection to fall in love with.
4. Know your worth.
I don’t do fashion. I am fashion. -Coco Chanel
Chanel by no means is an inexpensive brand great creators always know the value of their hard work and creativity, hence they refuse to sell themselves at discounted prices. she has always enforced on dressing the women you want to become. “I don’t understand how women can leave her 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” she said.
One should never accept anything less than they deserve coco always took the time to present herself the best. Take the time to present yourself in the women you desire to be and your desires will eventually turn into reality.
5. Everyone needs to fail in order to succeed.
Success is most often Achieved by those who don’t know that failure is inevitable -Coco Chanel
Majority of successful people have attained failure before becoming the most successful names. Chanel have aced the game of fashion but initially Coco tried singing when she realised that singing wasn’t going to cut it for her and she recognised her true passion and decided to open her first ever store for selling hats. If she never tried singing she wouldn’t have realised her true call. Trying on things that interest you is the road to finding your one true passion.
The brand ‘chanel’ have outlived her death and designer Karl lagerfeld had took the reins of this Legacy. Even today Coco Chanel and the story continues to inspire people. Coco Chanel was a mysterious woman not easy to understand. she has aroused desires in women to fill their wardrobe with the interlocked ‘c’.
PS. Anna wintour is a prominent figure it fashion and you can read career lessons from her too here