Founder: Gabrielle Chanel
A long-established fashion house representative of France.
Chanel began on No. 21 Cambon Street in Paris as a hat shop.
In 1919, Chanel announced his haute couture collection as a couturier. He proposed the use of jersey for undergarments which was up until that time used solely as men's undergarments to be worn with formal suits.
Chanel's style quickly gained popularity as it sought to free the minds and bodies of women who had previously been bound by various constraints.
In the years following the release of the Chanel Suit, one of Chanel's representative works, Chanel was presented with the Mode Oscar Award as "the most influential fashion designer in the past 50 years" in the United States.
In 1971 Chanel passed away and subsequently, Karl Lagerfeld took the role as chief designer of Haute Couture and Pret-a-Porte in 1983.
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