Coco Chanel’s second collection of the post-war period caused a sensation. Chanel’s designs were an instant success in United States, obtaining her an unrivalled position in the world of fashion, which she held for another two decades until her death at age 88 in 1971.
Mademoiselle Chanel was extremely pioneer and innovative. Her design of hats, trousers, jumpers, perfume, even the way she named Chanel No.5, the row of glass walls decorated in her store impressed the public always. She never drew her designs on paper. She decided that all clothes in her store should be made by hand.
“I felt my designs in responds to my needs”. She did so. She asked the boy servant to take off his trousers and re-cut for her own convenience of riding horse. That surprised all around.
“Women have to wear clothes even in times of a war.” She designed jumpers and casual dresses for women in Second World War because rich females had no maids to dress them and poor females had to word when males joined the army.
“How could you move when you are wearing like that? (an Evening dress which looked heavy and atrocious.)”, she asked her niece who would go to a cock-tail party. Then Chanel took a few subtle adjustments and then changed the entire vision of whole dress. Finally, she took down a piece of curtain to adorn, and said, “Adornment is science and beauty is a weapon. Fashion is both a caterpillar by day and a butterfly by night; dress should both crawl and fly. And Butterfly does not go to market and a caterpillar does not go to a party. And a woman wearing wrong perfume has no future.”
Chanel often wore tie, jumpers, jackets, those male-style clothes and comfortable clothing because she desired to be as free as man. She also said “Fashion passes, style remains”. I believe in that. Every one should have his or her own style, not only toward dressing, but also thinking, living, ways of doing things.