Gabrielle "Coco" Bonheur Chanel (August 19, 1883 - January 10, 1971) was a French fashion designer and founder of the Chanel brand. She was the only fashion designer to appear on Time magazine's list of the 100 most influential people of the 20th century. Along with Paul Poiret, Chanel was credited with liberating women from the constraints of the "corseted silhouette" and popularizing the acceptance of a sportive, casual chic as the feminine standard in the post-World War I era. A prolific fashion creator, Chanel's influence extended beyond couture clothing. Her design aesthetic was realized in jewelry, handbags, and fragrance. Her signature scent, Chanel No. 5, has become an iconic product. (Click for full Wikipedia entry.)
A girl should be two things: who and what she wants.
A woman has the age she deserves.
A woman who doesn't wear perfume has no future.
As long as you know that most men are like children, you know everything.
Don't spend time beating on a wall, hoping to transform it into a door.
Dress shabbily and they remember the dress; dress impeccably and they remember the woman.
Elegance does not consist in putting on a new dress.
Elegance is refusal.
Fashion fades, only style remains the same.
Fashion is architecture. It is a matter of proportions.
Fashion is made to become unfashionable.
Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.
How many cares one loses when one decides not to be something, but to be someone.
I don't care what you think about me. I don't think about you at all.
I don't do fashion, I AM fashion.
I was a rebellious child, a rebellious lover, a rebellious couturière- a real devil.
In 1919 I woke up famous. I'd never guessed it. If I'd known I was famous, I'd have stolen away and wept. I was stupid. I was supposed to be intelligent. I was sensitive and very dumb.
In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different.
It's best to be as pretty as possible for destiny.
Men always remember a woman who caused them concern and uneasiness.
My life didn't please me, so I created my life.
Nothing is ugly as long as it is alive.
Only those with no memory insist on their originality.
Passion goes, Boredom remains.
Simplicity is the keynote of all true elegance.
Success is often achieved by those who don't know that failure is inevitable.
The best color in the whole world is the one that looks good on you.
The best things in life are free. The second best things are very, very expensive.
The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud.
There are people who have money and people who are rich.
There is no time for cut-and-dried monotony. There is time for work. And time for love. That leaves no other time.
There is nothing more comfortable than a caterpillar and nothing more made for love than a butterfly. We need dresses that crawl and dresses that fly. Fashion is at once a caterpillar and a butterfly, caterpillar by day, butterfly by night
There is nothing worse than solitude. Solitude can help a man realize himself; but it destroys a woman.
Those who create are rare; those who cannot are numerous. Therefore, the latter are stronger.
Women think of all colors except the absence of color. I have said that black has it all. White too. Their beauty is absolute. It is the perfect harmony.
You live but once; you might as well be amusing.
Youth is something very new: twenty years ago no one mentioned it.