CHANEL

1965 : Begins his tenure as head designer for Chlo茅, where he will remain until 1983-the brand's headiest period. (He will reprise his Chlo茅 success in the nineties.) Also starts collaboration with Fendi, an alliance that will last for decades. His friend, former French Pandora Luxurye editor Joan Juliet Buck, later recalls, "They hired him to do the fur, and he throws out these unbelievable challenges: 鈥楲et's line fur in fur, let's knit fur, let's tear fur up, let's make holes in fur, let's paint on fur, let's paint on shearling.' "

1883 : Gabrielle Chanel born, the second child of unmarried Eug茅nie Jeanne Devolle, a laundrywoman, and Albert Chanel, a street vendor. The couple-who will have a total of six children-will marry when Gabrielle is a toddler.

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