Coco Chanel Bibliography

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Coco Chanel At the start of the twentieth century, the idea of women in business seemed crazy. In those days, men held all the positions of power and made all the decisions about money. They believed that a woman’s place was in the home, looking after her children, cooking for her family and managing the house. If a woman needed to work she could perhaps find a job in a shop or in a factory, but she had no chance of working as a businesswoman or a banker or a lawyer. Women’s fashions in the US and Europe at that time supported this idea of their position in society. Fashionable women wore long dresses that almost touched the ground. This made it difficult for them to drive a car, ride a horse or even walk quickly. As a result, they…show more content…
Some people were frightened, but most were in a good mood. ‘Don’t worry,’ they told each other. ‘The war will be finished by Christmas.’ But after a few weeks, it was clear that they were wrong. More and more men left Deauville to go and fight in the French army. Soon the expensive hotels were changed into hospitals, full of soldiers who had been hurt in the fighting. The rich Frenchwomen of Deauville saw that it was their duty to help the French army and many of them took jobs as nurses in the hospitals or did other kinds of war work. But after a few days they realized that it was impossible to work in their long dresses. They looked around for different things to wear. They found the answer in Coco Chanel’s new shop. Her simple hats, loose jackets and straight skirts were just what these women needed. They were stylish, but they allowed women to move around quickly. Coco was soon selling clothes as fast as she could make them. For the next three years, Coco travelled between her businesses, while the First World War continued in the north and east of France. By 1916, over three hundred people were working for her. She soon made so much money that she could pay back Boy Capek all that she had borrowed. Coco had been lucky because the war had given her a chance to make her new designs popular. When the war is finished, in November 1918, Coco was ready to start the next and most successful part

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