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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 14,008,535 page views. Her biography is available in 81 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 77 in 2019). Coco Chanel is the most popular fashion designer, the 24th most popular biography from France (up from 42nd 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 38After her are Karl Lagerfeld, Christian Dior, Yves Saint Laurent, Pierre Cardin, Calvin Klein, Vivienne Westwood, Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger, Cristóbal Balenciaga, Donatella Versace, and Thierry Mugler.

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Among people born in 1883, Coco Chanel ranks 3Before her are Benito Mussolini and Franz Kafka. After her are John Maynard Keynes, Karl Jaspers, Walter Gropius, Khalil Gibran, Joseph Schumpeter, Anton Webern, Nikos Kazantzakis, Jaroslav Hašek, 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, György Lukács, Hermann Hoth, Audie Murphy, Lawrence Bragg, Fernandel, Theodor Svedberg, and Rudolf Abel.

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Among people born in France, Coco Chanel ranks 24 out of 6,011Before her are John Calvin (1509), Auguste Comte (1798), Alain Delon (1935), Émile Durkheim (1858), Honoré de Balzac (1799), and Napoleon III (1808). After her are Paul Cézanne (1839), Henri Matisse (1869), Alexandre Dumas (1802), Antoine Lavoisier (1743), Paul Gauguin (1848), and Édith Piaf (1915).


Among fashion designers born in France, Coco Chanel ranks 1After her are Christian Dior (1905), Thierry Mugler (1948), Hubert de Givenchy (1927), Jean-Paul Gaultier (1952), Paul Poiret (1879), Christian Lacroix (1951), Madeleine Vionnet (1876), Emanuel Ungaro (1933), Christian Louboutin (1964), Jean Patou (1887), and Guy Laroche (1921).