Coco Chanel

1883 - 1971

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Gabrielle Bonheur "Coco" Chanel ( shə-NEL, French: [ɡabʁijɛl bɔnœʁ kɔko ʃanɛl] ; 19 August 1883 – 10 January 1971) was a French fashion designer and businesswoman. The founder and namesake of the Chanel brand, she was credited in the post–World War I era with popularizing a sporty, casual chic as the feminine standard of style. This replaced the "corseted silhouette" that had earlier been dominant with a style that was simpler, far less time-consuming to put on and remove, more comfortable, and less expensive, all without sacrificing elegance. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Coco Chanel has received more than 14,479,967 page views. Her biography is available in 87 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 81 in 2019). Coco Chanel is the most popular fashion designer, the 49th most popular biography from France (down from 24th in 2019) and the most popular French Fashion Designer.

Coco Chanel was a French fashion designer who is most famous for her work in the 1920s and 1930s. She is credited with the invention of the little black dress, as well as the "little black dress" for women.

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Among fashion designers, Coco Chanel ranks 1 out of 51After her are Karl Lagerfeld, Yves Saint Laurent, Christian Dior, Pierre Cardin, Calvin Klein, Cristóbal Balenciaga, Vivienne Westwood, Ralph Lauren, Maurizio Gucci, Hubert de Givenchy, and Donatella Versace.

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Among people born in 1883, Coco Chanel ranks 4Before her are Benito Mussolini, Franz Kafka, and John Maynard Keynes. After her are Karl Jaspers, Walter Gropius, Joseph Schumpeter, Khalil Gibran, Anton Webern, Jaroslav Hašek, Nikos Kazantzakis, and Lev Kamenev. Among people deceased in 1971, Coco Chanel ranks 2Before her is Nikita Khrushchev. After her are Igor Stravinsky, Louis Armstrong, Jim Morrison, Paul Karrer, György Lukács, Audie Murphy, Lawrence Bragg, Fernandel, Hermann Hoth, and Arne Tiselius.

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Among people born in France, Coco Chanel ranks 49 out of 6,770Before her are Frederick I, Holy Roman Emperor (1122), Eugène Delacroix (1798), Louis XIII of France (1601), Philip IV of France (1268), Édouard Manet (1832), and Marcel Proust (1871). After her are Auguste Rodin (1840), Madame de Pompadour (1721), Henri Becquerel (1852), Georges Bizet (1838), André-Marie Ampère (1775), and Romain Rolland (1866).


Among fashion designers born in France, Coco Chanel ranks 1After her are Christian Dior (1905), Hubert de Givenchy (1927), Jean-Paul Gaultier (1952), Paul Poiret (1879), Rose Bertin (1747), Thierry Mugler (1948), Christian Lacroix (1951), Emanuel Ungaro (1933), Madeleine Vionnet (1876), Christian Louboutin (1964), and Jean Patou (1887).