Gabrielle "Coco" Bonheur Chanel August 1883 – 10 January was a French fashion designer and founder of the Chanel brand. She was the only fashion designer to be named on Time The Most Important People of the
Coco Chanel 1883 - 1971 DESIGNER Her personal life was complicated, her design credo simple and elegant: "Fashion fades; only style remains the same," she said. Merci for the little black dress, the classy suit, No. and plenty of je ne sais quoi.