The Quote That Every Woman Should Remember

“A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous.”

Coco Chanel

 

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Coco Haute Couture Timeline

 

1883

BIRTH OF
GABRIELLE CHANEL
GABRIELLE CHANEL IS BORN IN SAUMUR
(FRANCE), ON AUGUST 19TH 1883, UNDER THE SIGN
OF LEO, TO PARENTS OF A MODEST BACKGROUND.

 

1910

CHANEL MODES GABRIELLE CHANEL OPENS HER FIRST SHOP AT 21 RUE CAMBON IN PARIS, CREATING HATS UNDER THE NAME “CHANEL MODES”. FAVORED BY THE MOST FAMOUS FRENCH ACTRESSES OF THE TIME, HER DESIGNS HELP TO ESTABLISH HER REPUTATION. GABRIELLE CHANEL’S SIMPLE, ELEGANT STYLE OF DRESS CREATES A SENSATION, AND IS SOON IMITATED BY ALL OF PARIS.

 

1915

BIARRITZ HER REPUTATION NOW FIRMLY ESTABLISHED, MADEMOISELLE CHANEL OPENS HER FIRST COUTURE HOUSE IN BIARRITZ, FRANCE.

 

1918

31 RUE CAMBON GABRIELLE CHANEL OPENS HER COUTURE HOUSE AT 31 RUE CAMBON IN PARIS.

 

1921

CHANEL N°5 MADEMOISELLE CHANEL UNVEILS HER FIRST FRAGRANCE, THE ICONIC CHANEL N°5. CREATED BY ERNEST BEAUX, FORMER PERFUMER TO THE TSARS, N°5 IS SO CALLED BECAUSE IT WAS THE FIFTH SCENT PRESENTED TO MADEMOISELLE CHANEL. A TRULY TIMELESS CLASSIC, N°5 REMAINS THE ULTIMATE SYMBOL OF FEMININITY.

 

1922

CHANEL N°22 CHANEL N°22 IS LAUNCHED. NAMED AFTER THE YEAR OF ITS CREATION, THE FLORAL FRAGRANCE IS CONCEIVED IN THE SAME REVOLUTIONARY SPIRIT AS CHANEL N°5, AND DISTINGUISHED BY ITS UNIQUE BLEND.

 

1924

CREATION OF THE FIRST LINE OF MAKEUP CHANEL PRESENTS ITS FIRST MAKEUP COLLECTION, FEATURING LIP COLORS AND FACE POWDERS. IN THE SAME YEAR, THE “SOCIÉTÉ DES PARFUMS CHANEL” IS FOUNDED AND IS DEDICATED TO CREATING UNIQUE FRAGRANCES AND BEAUTY PRODUCTS.

 

1924

LE TRAIN BLEU GABRIELLE CHANEL CREATES THE COSTUMES FOR THE BALLET “LE TRAIN BLEU”, PERFORMED AT THE THÉÂTRE DES CHAMPS-ÉLYSÉES IN PARIS BY SERGE DIAGHILEV’S BALLETS RUSSES. THE LIBRETTO IS BY JEAN COCTEAU, THE SCORE BY DARIUS MILHAUD, THE SETS BY HENRI LAURENS, AND THE STAGE CURTAIN BY PABLO PICASSO.

 

1924

TWEED ON HER FREQUENT TRIPS TO SCOTLAND WITH THE DUKE OF WESTMINSTER, GABRIELLE CHANEL DISCOVERS TWEED, A TRADITIONALLY MASCULINE FABRIC WHICH INSPIRES HER ICONIC WOMEN’S SUITS.

 

1925

GARDÉNIA A NEW SCENT IS INTRODUCED WITH GARDÉNIA, AN INTENSE, VOLUPTUOUS FRAGRANCE EXPRESSING A VISION OF ABSOLUTE FEMININITY. FOR THIS UNIQUE CREATION, PERFUMER ERNEST BEAUX DESIGNED AN OLFACTIVE ODE TO THE PURITY OF THE CAMELLIA, AN UNSCENTED FLOWER THAT WAS MADEMOISELLE CHANEL’S FAVORITE.

 

1926

BOIS DES ILES GABRIELLE CHANEL LAUNCHES BOIS DES ILES. INSPIRED BY A VISION OF EXOTIC LANDS, WITH NOTES OF YLANG-YLANG AND SANDALWOOD, THIS WOODY SCENT IS ONE OF THE FIRST ORIENTAL FRAGRANCES TO BE CREATED FOR WOMEN.

 

1926

THE LITTLE BLACK DRESS GABRIELLE CHANEL CREATES THE ICONIC “LITTLE BLACK DRESS,” A STYLE WHOSE DARING SIMPLICITY REVOLUTIONIZES FASHION. AMERICAN VOGUE HAILS THE INNOVATIVE DESIGN AS AN INSTANT CLASSIC, WRITING, “THE CHANEL ‘FORD’ DRESS, THE FROCK THAT ALL THE WORLD WILL WEAR”.

 

1927

CUIR DE RUSSIE GABRIELLE CHANEL LAUNCHES CUIR DE RUSSIE. CREATED BY ERNEST BEAUX, WHO WAS BORN AND TRAINED IN RUSSIA, THE NEW ORIENTAL FRAGRANCE DRAWS ITS INSPIRATION FROM RUSSIAN HISTORY, EVOKING EQUESTRIAN CULTURE WITH PRONOUNCED NOTES OF TOBACCO AND LEATHER.

 

1927

CREATION OF THE FIRST LINE OF SKINCARE BASED ON THE BELIEF THAT LUXURY BEGINS WITH PERFECT SKIN, CHANEL DEVELOPS THE FIRST COMPREHENSIVE LINE OF FIFTEEN GROUNDBREAKING SKINCARE PRODUCTS, REFLECTING MADEMOISELLE’S VISIONARY SPIRIT.

 

1931

HOLLYWOOD AT THE PERSONAL REQUEST OF SAMUEL GOLDWYN, GABRIELLE CHANEL GOES TO HOLLYWOOD TO CREATE OUTFITS FOR THE LEADING STARS OF THE SILVER SCREEN.

 

1932

BIJOUX DE DIAMANTS GABRIELLE CHANEL PRESENTS “BIJOUX DE DIAMANTS,” A DAZZLING EXHIBITION OF FINE JEWELRY, STAGED IN HONOR OF THE DIAMOND IN HER PRIVATE RESIDENCE IN PARIS.

 

1935

COCO CHANEL AT THE PEAK OF HER FAME GABRIELLE CHANEL IS AT THE HEIGHT OF HER FAME. SHE EMPLOYS 4,000 WORKERS AND OWNS FIVE BOUTIQUES ON RUE CAMBON IN PARIS.

 

1945

G.I.’S LOVE CHANEL WORLD WAR II BREAKS OUT, COMPELLING CLOSURES AT THE HOUSE OF CHANEL. AMONG THE FIVE BOUTIQUES ON RUE CAMBON, ONLY ONE REMAINS OPEN: THE STORE AT NUMBER 31, WHERE PERFUMES AND ACCESSORIES CONTINUE TO BE IN HIGH DEMAND AMONG PARISIANS AND AMERICAN SOLDIERS ALIKE.

 

1954

WELCOME BACK AT THE AGE OF 71, GABRIELLE CHANEL STAGES THE GRAND RE-OPENING OF HER COUTURE HOUSE. TIRED OF THE FASHIONS OF THE TIME, SHE INSPIRES A SECOND FASHION REVOLUTION WITH HER ORIGINAL CREATIONS.

 

1955

THE 2.55 BAG IN FEBRUARY OF 1955, GABRIELLE CHANEL LAUNCHES THE ICONIC 2.55 QUILTED HANDBAG, NAMING THE STYLE AFTER THE DATE OF ITS CREATION. COMBINING LEATHER WITH A GOLD CHAIN, SHE INVENTS A SUPPLE NEW STYLE OF SHOULDER STRAP THAT IS UNIQUELY STRONG AND LIGHT, AND THAT ALLOWS A WOMAN’S HANDS TO REMAIN FREE.

 

1955

POUR MONSIEUR CHANEL RELEASES POUR MONSIEUR, THE ONLY MEN’S FRAGRANCE TO BE PRODUCED IN MADEMOISELLE’S LIFETIME. CREATED BY HENRI ROBERT FOR CHANEL, THIS WOODY, CITRUSINFUSED SCENT SYMBOLIZES ELEGANCE, SPIRIT, REFINEMENT AND DISCRETION.

 

1957

TWO-TONE SHOES GABRIELLE CHANEL CREATES THE LEGENDARY TWO-TONE SLINGBACK SHOE. CONCEIVED IN BEIGE WITH A CONTRASTING BLACK TOE CAP, THE NOVEL STYLE CREATES A UNIQUELY FLATTERING EFFECT, AT ONCE SHORTENING THE FOOT AND LENGTHENING THE LEG.

 

1960

THE 1960’s – CELEBRITIES IN CHANEL THE FASCINATION WITH CHANEL GROWS, AS THE MOST CELEBRATED STARS OF THE TIME–ELIZABETH TAYLOR, JANE FONDA, JACKIE KENNEDY, GRACE KELLY AND JEANNE MOREAU-WEAR THE LATEST FASHIONS FROM CHANEL.

 

1970

CHANEL N°19 GABRIELLE CHANEL INTRODUCES N°19, NAMING THE NEW FRAGRANCE AFTER HER DATE OF BIRTH, AUGUST 19. CONCEIVED BY MASTER PERFUMER HENRI ROBERT, THE ASSERTIVE FLORAL SCENT IS INFUSED WITH IRIS AND INFLECTED WITH A RICH BLEND OF GREEN AND WOOD NOTES.

 

1971

“May my legend prosper and thrive. I wish it a long and happy life!” MADEMOISELLE CHANEL DIES ON JANUARY 10TH. HER POSTHUMOUS COLLECTION ENJOYS CONSIDERABLE SUCCESS.

 

1974

CRISTALLE CHANEL LAUNCHES CRISTALLE, A FRESH AND INVIGORATING FRAGRANCE INSPIRED BY MADEMOISELLE CHANEL’S LOVE OF CRYSTAL, WHICH SHE OFTEN USED IN HER COSTUME JEWELRY CREATIONS AND DESIGNS FOR INTERIOR DECOR.

 

1978

CREATION OF READY-TO-WEAR THE HOUSE OF CHANEL EXPANDS WITH THE INTRODUCTION OF ITS FIRST READYTO-WEAR COLLECTION AND THE WORLDWIDE DISTRIBUTION OF ITS LINE OF ICONIC ACCESSORIES.

 

1981

JACQUES POLGE FAMED PERFUMER JACQUES POLGE IS NAMED MASTER PERFUMER OF CHANEL, FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF ERNEST BEAUX AND HENRI ROBERT.

 

1981

ANTAEUS CHANEL LAUNCHES ANTAEUS, A POTENT, UNMISTAKABLY MASCULINE EAU DE TOILETTE FOR MEN, AND THE FIRST OF JACQUES POLGE’S MANY CREATIONS FOR THE HOUSE OF CHANEL.

 

1983

KARL LAGERFELD KARL LAGERFELD IS APPOINTED ARTISTIC DIRECTOR FOR CHANEL FASHION, DESIGNER OF ALL HAUTE COUTURE, READYTO-WEAR AND ACCESSORY COLLECTIONS.

 

1984

COCO CHANEL LAUNCHES COCO, THE FIRST WOMEN’S FRAGRANCE CREATED BY JACQUES POLGE. INSPIRED BY VENETIAN HISTORY AND BAROQUE STYLE, THIS ORIENTAL FLORAL SCENT EXPRESSES A PROVOCATIVE VISION OF OLD-WORLD OPULENCE.

 

1987

THE PREMIERE WATCH THE FIRST LINE OF CHANEL WATCHES IS LAUNCHED WITH THE CREATION OF THE PREMIÈRE WATCH, DESIGNED BY JACQUES HELLEU. THE DIAL OF THE WATCH RECALLS BOTH THE SHAPE OF THE PLACE VENDÔME AND THE STOPPER OF THE ICONIC N°5 BOTTLE.

 

1990

EGOÏSTE CHANEL INTRODUCES EGOÏSTE, AN ORIGINAL, INVIGORATING SCENT THAT DEFIED THE CONVENTIONS OF MEN’S FRAGRANCE, EXPRESSING POTENT NOTES OF SANDALWOOD AND BOURBON VANILLA.

 

1993

CREATION OF CHANEL FINE JEWELRY AND WATCHES A MILESTONE IS REACHED WITH THE LAUNCH OF THE FIRST CHANEL FINE JEWELRY COLLECTION IN THE HEART OF THE PLACE VENDÔME IN PARIS. IN 1997, CHANEL ESTABLISHES 18 PLACE VENDÔME AS THE HOME OF CHANEL FINE JEWELRY.

 

1996

ALLURE CHANEL UNVEILS ALLURE, A FRESH ORIENTAL FRAGRANCE FOR WOMEN, ACCENTED WITH DELICATE FLORAL NOTES. INSPIRED BY THE ELEGANT AND INDEPENDENT SPIRIT OF GABRIELLE CHANEL, THE SCENT IS A UNIQUE CREATION, AT ONCE PERFECTLY CLASSIC AND UTTERLY MODERN. IT IS SOON JOINED BY ALLURE HOMME, A MASCULINE INTERPRETATION OF THE PROVOCATIVE FRAGRANCE.

 

2000

J12 THE FIRST CHANEL SPORT WATCH IS CREATED WITH THE LAUNCH OF THE ICONIC J12 WATCH. DEVELOPED FOR BOTH MEN AND WOMEN, THE ORIGINAL DESIGN IS FABRICATED IN SLEEK, BLACK CERAMIC. FOLLOWING THE INTERNATIONAL SUCCESS OF THE FIRST J12, CHANEL LATER INTRODUCES ADDITIONAL MODELS, INCLUDING THE J12 IN WHITE CERAMIC AND THE J12 CHROMATIC.

 

2001

COCO MADEMOISELLE CHANEL LAUNCHES COCO MADEMOISELLE, A FEMININE AND SEXY SCENT INSPIRED BY THE IRREPRESSIBLE SPIRIT OF MADEMOISELLE CHANEL. MODELED ON THE ORIGINAL COCO, THIS FRESH ORIENTAL FRAGRANCE OFFERS DELICATE NOTES OF ORANGE AND BERGAMOT, COMPLEMENTED BY INFUSIONS OF FLORAL AND SPICE.

 

2002

THE MÉTIERS D’ART CHANEL ACQUIRES EIGHT PARISIAN SPECIALTY ATELIERS TO ESTABLISH PARAFFECTION, A COMPANY CONSISTING OF DESRUES (METALWORKER), LEMARIÉ (FLOWER AND FEATHER CRAFTSMEN), MAISON MICHEL (MILLINER), MAISON LESAGE (EMBROIDERER), MASSARO (SHOEMAKER), GOOSSENS (GOLDSMITH), GUILLET (FLORAL ACCESSORY EXPERT), AND ATELIER MONTEX (EMBROIDERER). IN DOING SO, CHANEL SUPPORTS THE HISTORIC ARTS, AND PRESERVES THE UNIQUE EXPERTISE OF FASHION’S TRADITIONAL CRAFTSMEN.

 

2003

CHANCE CHANEL INTRODUCES CHANCE, AN ORIGINAL, YOUTHFUL FRAGRANCE, IN WHICH FRESH FLORAL NOTES CONTRAST WITH SWEET AND SPICY ELEMENTS. CREATED BY JACQUES POLGE, THE SCENT TAKES ITS INSPIRATION FROM GABRIELLE CHANEL’S BELIEF IN THE POWER OF TALISMANS AND GOOD LUCK CHARMS.

 

2005

CHANEL AT THE MET THE METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART IN NEW YORK HONORS CHANEL WITH A GRAND EXHIBITION DEDICATED TO THE HOUSE OF CHANEL.

 

2006

ROUGE ALLURE CHANEL LAUNCHES A NEW LIPSTICK IN LUMINOUS AND INTENSE SHADES. ITS INNOVATIVE CASE CREATES A NEW MAKEUP RITUAL: ONE CLICK REVEALS THE LIP COLOR, INSCRIBED WITH THE NAME OF THE HOUSE.

 

2007

CHANEL, ART AS UNIVERSE THE ART WORLD CELEBRATES CHANEL ONCE AGAIN WITH THE “CHANEL, ART AS UNIVERSE” EXHIBITION AT THE PUSHKIN STATE MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, IN MOSCOW.

 

2007

LES EXCLUSIFS CHANEL LAUNCHES LES EXCLUSIFS DE CHANEL. SOLD EXCLUSIVELY IN CHANEL BOUTIQUES, THIS COLLECTION OF RARE, LUXURIOUSLY SIMPLE FRAGRANCES REPRESENTS THE PURE EXPRESSION OF THE GENIUS OF CHANEL.

 

2008

MOBILE ART CELEBRATED ARTIST ZAHA HADID PRESENTS A TRAVELING EXHIBITION TITLED, “MOBILE ART CHANEL CONTEMPORARY ART CONTAINER BY ZAHA HADID” FEATURING ARTWORKS INSPIRED BY THE ICONIC QUILTED HANDBAG, CREATED BY TWENTY DIFFERENT ARTISTS. FOLLOWING THE SHOW’S TOUR THROUGH HONG KONG, TOKYO, AND NEW YORK CITY, CHANEL DONATES THE “MOBILE ART” EXHIBITION PAVILION TO THE ARAB WORLD INSTITUTE, IN PARIS.

 

2009

ROUGE COCO CHANEL INTRODUCES ROUGE COCO, A LUXURIOUS LINE OF LIP COLOR DESIGNED BY PETER PHILIPS, CREATIVE DIRECTOR OF CHANEL MAKEUP. INSPIRED BY THE ICONIC LIPSTICK DEVELOPED BY MADEMOISELLE CHANEL IN 1954, ROUGE COCO IMPLEMENTS THE LATEST TECHNOLOGY TO DELIVER A MODERN INTERPRETATION OF THE CLASSIC FEMININE ESSENTIAL.

 

2010

BLEU DE CHANEL CHANEL LAUNCHES BLEU DE CHANEL, A PROVOCATIVE FRAGRANCE FOR MEN. THIS SENSUAL BLEND OF CITRUS AND WOODS EVOKES AN UNEXPECTED NEW VISION OF MASCULINITY.

 

2011

CULTURE CHANEL THE INTERNATIONAL ART WORLD HONORS CHANEL WITH THE UNVEILING OF “CULTURE CHANEL” AT THE MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART (MOCA) IN SHANGHAI AND AT THE NATIONAL ART MUSEUM OF CHINA (NAMOC) IN BEIJING.

 

2012

THE LITTLE BLACK JACKET CHANEL CELEBRATES THE ICONIC JACKET WITH THE LAUNCH OF THE BOOK AND PHOTO EXHIBITION, TITLED “THE LITTLE BLACK JACKET: CHANEL’S CLASSIC REVISITED BY KARL LAGERFELD AND CARINE ROITFELD”.

 

2013

N°5 CULTURE CHANEL EXPLORING THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN CHANEL AND THE ARTS, THE N°5 CULTURE CHANEL EXHIBITION REVEALS THE ICONIC ESSENCE OF THE TIMELESS FRAGRANCE. THE EXHIBITION TOOK PLACE FROM MAY 5TH TO JUNE 5TH 2013 AT THE PALAIS DE TOKYO IN PARIS.

 

2013

WHERE BEAUTY BEGINS FOR CHANEL, BEAUTY BEGINS THE MOMENT YOU DECIDE TO BE YOURSELF. WHEN YOU CHOOSE TO BELIEVE IN YOURSELF. WITH THE CONVICTION THAT YOU ARE UNIQUE. BEAUTY BEGINS WITH SELF-CONFIDENCE. CHANEL. WHERE BEAUTY BEGINS.