Creator of the legendary Chanel fashion house, Coco Chanel was a fabulous woman who created fashion forward designs out of her modest studio in Paris during the early 1920s. While her reputation as a designer certainly precedes her, it’s safe to say that her reach extends far beyond just pretty clothing. There are plenty of hidden secrets about Coco Chanel that many people are unaware of. Here are 5 incredible facts about Coco Chanel - the fashion designer who changed the world.
“Coco” Began as a Stage Name
After she turned 18, Gabrielle Chanel worked as a seamstress during the day and a stage performer at night. During her time as a cabaret singer at local cafes she adopted the nickname “Coco,” a pseudonym that would become nothing short of legendary. Some sources say that she earned the moniker after singing a rendition of the popular song “Who Has Seen Coco?” Others state that it alluded to her “coquettish” looks. Either way, Coco Chanel was destined for much bigger stages than the local cabaret.