Gabrielle Bonheur "COCO" Chanel was a French fashion
designer of women's clothes and founder
of the Chanel brand.
Chanel was credited with liberating
women from the constraints of the
"corseted silhouette" and popularizing a sporty,
casual chic as the feminine standard of style.
She is widely regarded as the
greatest fashion designer who ever lived.
She is the only fashion designer listed on
Time magazine's list of the
100 most influential people of the 20th century.