Coco Chanel's Fabulous Life Told in Photos

By Staff Writer
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Trends come and go, but Coco Chanel is forever. The French designer and stylist took the fashion world by storm in the early part of the 20th century, and her influence on clothing and style hasn't abated ever since. There's really no one else in fashion who continues to have such a strong influence and legacy into the modern day. She was a real once-in-a-lifetime lady.

From the classic Chanel suit to popularizing the concept of the "little black dress", Coco Chanel was daring in her designs, and she wasn't afraid to take a risk or go against the grain. And don't forget her gorgeous jewelry and iconic perfume! Was there anything this talented woman couldn't do? Not that we can think of!

Today, we're taking a look at the life of the legend herself. From her shockingly humble beginnings to her tenure as the most famous couture designer in France, we're leaving no Chanel stone unturned! The woman practiced what she preached, and her real life was every bit as stylish and glamorous as the beautiful clothing she sent down the runway. These photos will show you just how fascinating and fabulous Coco Chanel really was. 

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