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Anyone who likes to go out in a little black dress can thank Coco Chanel for making it fashionable. The French designer behind the iconic brand of haute couture grew up in poverty, though. Her mother, a laundress, died young and unmarried to Coco's father, a traveling street vendor who abandoned Coco and her sisters at an orphanage. Coco eventually opened her own clothing store, but she paid tribute to her humble origins throughout her career by working to make fashion more affordable.
Delve into this biography to learn all about the rags-to-riches life of this fashion icon.