Seven Things You Didn’t Know About Chanel

Ah, Chanel – the name itself is music to the ears of every fashionista. To own a precious piece from the collection? That’s when you know you’ve made it to the fashion elite. We swoon over the iconic interlocking Cs, the quilted handbags, and the pearl-dappled costume jewelry, but what we didn’t know is where it all began.

1. Before couture, Coco Chanel started out as a licensed hat-maker and owned her own shop in 1910.

2. The famous interlocking Cs came from interlacing curves on the stained glass windows in the Aubazine Chapel.

3. Coco was a Leo, so it’s no surprise that one of Chanel’s iconic symbols is the lion.

4. Chanel is most well-known for costume jewelry, two-tone shoes, quilted bags, and simple suits made of tweed or jersey.

5. In 1922, Coco introduced her first perfume – Chanel No. 5. Every bottle is sealed by hand with pearl cotton thread and hot wax stamped with the interlocking Cs (watch the video to see how it’s done).

6. Coco invented the “LBD” in 1926.

7. Karl Lagerfeld has been designing for Chanel since 1983.

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By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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October 7, 2012