Few people have had the impact of Gabrielle Bonheur “Coco” Chanel in the world of fashion. Her name has become synonymous with style and haute couture. She was a trailblazer and innovator, simplifying silhouettes from the corset dominated styles that were popular before her career. Her choice of fabric and patterns were inspired by menswear with simplicity, practicality and clean lines becoming key. To this day many of her innovations are still a staple in most wardrobes, ranging from the little black dress to bouclé jackets and skirts.
Chanel opened her first shop in 1910, laying the groundwork for a fashion empire. Even after her death in 1971, Chanel’s legacy holds great influence over the world of fashion. Her quotes have captivated people, often focusing on beauty, style and love – here are ten of her most legendary.
‘One can get used to ugliness, but never to negligence.’
“Fashion is not simply a matter of clothes. Fashion is in the air, born upon the wind. One intuits it. It is in the sky and on the road.”
‘Some people think luxury is the opposite of poverty. It is not. It is the opposite of vulgarity.’
‘If a man speaks badly about all women, it usually means he was burned by one woman.’
‘Dress like you are going to meet your worst enemy today.’
‘There is no time for cut-and-dried monotony. There is time for work. And time for love. That leaves no other time.’
‘Dress shabbily and they remember the dress; dress impeccably and they remember the woman.’
‘Fashion passes, style remains.’
‘I only drink Champagne on two occasions, when I am in love and when I am not.’
‘Nature gives you the face you have at twenty. Life shapes the face you have at thirty. But at fifty you get the face you deserve.’