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Coco CHANEL

‘Gabrielle Chanel’ was a ‘French’ fashion designer and founder of the ‘Chanel’ brand. Her design aesthetic redefined the fashionable woman for the post ‘WWI’ era. She is the only fashion designer listed on ‘Time magazine’ list of the 100 most influential people of the ’20th century’.

‘Chanel’ was credited with liberating women from the constraints of the “corseted silhouette” and popularizing the acceptance of a sportive, casual chic as the feminine standard. ‘Chanel’ influence extended beyond couture clothing. Her design aesthetic was realized in jewelry, handbags, and fragrance.

‘Chanel’ philosophy was to emphasize understated elegance through her clothing. Her signature scent, ‘Chanel No. 5’, has become an iconic product. ‘Chanel’ trademark was a look of youthful ease, a liberated physicality, and unencumbered sportive confidence.

‘Harper Bazaar’ raved over ‘Chanel’ designs: “The woman who hasn’t at least one ‘Chanel’ is hopelessly out of fashion … This season the name ‘Chanel’ is on the lips of every buyer.”

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Pinky Bly

‘Nellie Bly’ was the pen name of journalist ‘Elizabeth Jane Cochrane’ born in ‘Cochran Mills’ (1864), today part of the ‘Pittsburgh’ suburb of ‘Burrell Township, Armstrong County, Pennsylvania’.

She was a ground-breaking reporter known for a record-breaking trip around the world in 72 days, in emulation of ‘Jules Verne’ fictional character ‘Phileas Fogg’.

In (1880), ‘Cochrane’ and her family moved to ‘Pittsburgh’. An aggressively misogynistic column titled “What Girls Are Good For” in the ‘Pittsburgh Dispatch’ prompted her to write a fiery rebuttal to the editor under the pseudonym “Lonely Orphan Girl”.

As a writer, ‘Bly’ focused her early work for the ‘Dispatch’ on the plight of working women, writing a series of investigative articles on female factory workers. But editorial pressure pushed her to the so-called “women’s pages” to cover fashion, society, and gardening, the usual role for female journalists of the day.

In (1888), ‘Bly’ suggested to her editor at the ‘New York World’ that she take a trip around the world, attempting to turn the fictional “Around the World in Eighty Days” into fact for the first time.

In (1895) ‘Nellie Bly’ married millionaire manufacturer ‘Robert Seaman’, who was 40 years her senior. She retired from journalism, and became the president of the ‘Iron Clad Manufacturing Co.’, which made steel containers such as milk cans and boilers.


Breaking Barriers

‘Michael Jackson’ was born in (1958), a singer-songwriter and actor, his contributions to music, dance, and fashion, along with his publicized personal life, made him a global figure in popular culture for over four decades.

He debuted on the professional music scene along with his brothers as a member of ‘The Jackson 5’ in (1968), and began his solo career in (1971). In the early (1980), ‘Jackson’ became a dominant figure in popular music.

The music videos for his songs, including those of “Beat It”, “Billie Jean”, and “Thriller” (1982), were credited with breaking down racial barriers and with transforming the medium into an art form and promotional tool.

The popularity of these videos helped to bring the then relatively new television channel ‘Music Television’ to fame.