French fashion designer who became imortalized for her suits, perfumes, and handbags. Her bestselling perfume Chanel No. 5 became an iconic scent as well as her handbag with the infamous interlocked-CC monogram.
As an orphaned child, she taught herself how to sew and found her first job as a seamstress.
Before going into fashion, she tried to be a singer.
At 23, she fell for a dashing French ex-cavalry officer, Etienne Balsan, and became his main mistress.