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Chanel, Coco (1883–1971)

  • By: Caryn E. Neumann
  • In: Encyclopedia of Leadership
  • Edited by: George R. Goethals, Georgia J. Sorenson & James MacGregor Burns
  • Subject:Leadership

French fashion designer

A pioneer in women's fashion, Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel founded a business empire in the early twentieth century, leading women away from impractical clothing to designs that emphasized comfort and functionality as well as high style.

Born into poverty in the ...

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