Gabrielle Coco Chanel – Mother of Fashion
50 years after her death, she’s still very much alive.
“Nothing is more beautiful than freedom of the body,” said Chanel.
And her designs lived by these words:
Chanel’s silhouettes were fluid and androgynous, her designs loose and, her iconic little black dress, was democratic. She wanted women to move and breathe in their clothes, just like men did in theirs. Her work was, in many ways, a form of female emancipation.
This year marks 50 years since Chanel’s death, aged 87, though her legacy endures. As well as revolutionizing how we dress, she helped form a new ideal of what a fashion brand could be: an all-encompassing force that could tend to all aspects of a woman’s life, from formal attire to holiday wardrobes and evening ones.