French fashion designer who became imortalized for her suits, her perfumes, and her little black dresses. Her bestselling perfume Chanel No. 5 became an iconic scent.
As an orphaned child, she had little to do, so she taught herself how to sew.
Before going into fashion, she tried to be a singer.
At 23, she fell for a dashing French ex-cavalry officer, and became his main mistress.
Greta Garbo was one of her many famous clients.