As a creative person and designer, I am always looking around for new inspiration, but when it really comes down to it, I always end up at the same place: the beginning...the beginning of modern fashion, that is.
Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel took the 1920's by storm with a new look for women that borrowed from menswear and freed women from the corsets and confining fashions of previous decades. Creator of the collarless "Chanel" suit, the little black dress and the first perfume named after a designer (Chanel No 5), her chic and easy approach to dressing is still the bar by which good taste is measured. Outspoken, opinionated and fearless, the once orphan--turned milliner--turned world famous designer taught all women how to be brave, be bold and most of all be fabulous.
Below, a look at the fashion pioneer and a few of her words to live by...
"In order to be irreplaceable, one must always be different."
"Simplicity is the keynote of all true elegance."
"Dress shabbily and they remember the dress; dress impeccably and they remember the woman."
"You live but once; you might as well be amusing."
"The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud."