Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel, known for her trademark suits, little black dresses, and witty quotes. Chanel still to this day is ruling the fashion industry with these timeless pieces. Her amusing comments and style has made her even after death a top fashion icon. Chanel's life was anything but glamorous as a child, she was orphaned by her father at the age of 12. Raised in a Catholic Orphanage that taught her to sew and how she made her start into design. Little did they know what kind of empire she'd create with these skills, actually the most profitable fashion empire of all time.
What I love about Chanel is she stayed loyal to her style and design from the beginning. She never was persuaded by trends, perhaps this is why she's quoted saying "fashion fades, style is eternal" or "I am fashion." What a fun character she was and someone on my top list of people I wish I could meet.
Here's how I DIYed my costume.
I wanted her signature white and black suit. This was something Chanel wore often with a hat/pearls/and her cig. Start with thrift stores. You may be lucky enough to find a off-white tweed skirt and tweed cardigan. If you're really lucky you may even find one with the black trimming. I couldn't find either so I made everything from scratch. I had a white cardigan already so start with something basic like this to embellish. I used some tweed I had for a the skirt.
Supplies: white cardigan
3 yards of black trim or twill tape
chain + ribbon
Now add the accessories: pearls, hat: she started as a millinery, fake cigarette…she was known for smoking handless while working on her couture gowns. Then finish it off with a set of pearl earrings, her signature set of scissors, I did a measuring tape because I have baby Louis to hold.
Do you have any plans to make your costume…It's a tradition in our home to design and sew our Halloween Costumes.