19 August 2004

Coco Chanel

Coco was born on this date in 1883.  As the Writer’s Almanac put it this morning, “Along with the perfume Chanel No. 5, which came out in 1922, she introduced turtleneck sweaters, trench coats, costume jewelry, bell-bottom trousers, bobbed hair, and the ‘little black dress.’ Chanel said, ‘Success is often achieved by those who don’t know that failure is inevitable.'”

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