Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel
Coco Chanel is undoubtedly one of the most influential women of the past century. She redefined the fashion world, became a pioneer businesswoman and consequently one of the richest women in the world.
Coco Chanel was born in 1883, and opened her first boutique at the age of 30. That is when her fame as a designer took off. Flash forward twenty years and we have the brand Chanel employing 4000 people and the most famous fragrance in the world: Chanel No. 5.
Today, Chanel is one of the most profitable luxury brands with stores all around the world. Modern fashion has been marked by Coco’s footprint. Her legacy as a designer include the Chanel’s suit, the “little black dress” and even the typical suntan you get to look better. That was introduced by her too, until that point suntans were a sign of hard, lower-class jobs. Nothing fashionable.
If you want to know more about Coco Chanel, you can find several movies and documentaries based on her life, work, and famous love affairs. The most recent ones are the American TV movie ‘Coco Chanel' from 2008 and the French 'Coco Before Chanel' from 2009.