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« on: February 12, 2006 07:58:27 AM »

hey everyone, i just need your help with my LA biography book project. Basically we have to read a biography then make a "wheel of knowledge" with 10 facts about that person.

I picked Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel ,because i found a book and i thought I could use pics of her clothing and accessories, etc)

So, for the wheel of knowledge thing, it doesn't even have to be a wheel, it could be whatever shape you want (like someone did a nurses bag b.c they did Clara Barton), and i'm not sure what to do. any ideas? i was thinking about a black dress, or a perfume bottle, and a handbag, but i really have no idea.

and it's due on St.Patricks Day.

plz help if you can i can't think of what to do!
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« Reply #1 on: February 12, 2006 08:05:08 AM »

you could make a paper (or fabric) 2.55 bag and have a fact on all the items put in it (lipstick, mirror, perfume etc.).
I have a couple of geeky facts on Coco Chanel that you probably already know but..
- The stairs at the Chanel headquarters are outlined in back because Coco was short sighted and otherwise could not see where she was going.
- The 2.55 bag was named so because it was created in february 1955.
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« Reply #2 on: February 12, 2006 09:31:34 AM »

the bagg idea ^^ is good. you could draw pictures of the famous chanel no five perfume bottle, lipstick, etc. on card, colour them in, and on the back of each card write a fact.
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« Reply #3 on: February 13, 2006 07:16:48 AM »

Make sure you include something about those classic suits.  Cheesy
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« Reply #4 on: February 23, 2006 09:56:23 AM »

Hey guys-thanks for all your help---i just went to the mall and got the no.5 sample so i'll include that---now my purse smells good lol!

what is the 2.55 bag (I'm still reading how she went to different orphanages, they haven't talked about that yet)
http://www.bagsnob.com/2005/09/chanel_255_1.html <-- that's it rite? i really like it, that's a great idea. I think i might make the diamond/rhombus things open so you can see the fact inside.

and i'll deff put something in about the suits & the little black dress

thanks for all your help!! Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: February 23, 2006 10:11:33 AM »

This is common knowledge but Chanel No. 5 is the fifth formula/attempt at a scent for her signature perfume hence the name No. 5.

AE & did a pretty good biography on her that you might be able to find at a library.

She was WAAAAAY ahead of her time as far as women's rights go in a lot of respects.  She was a single woman who took on "lovers" instead of getting married.  She made her own money. That was very shocking for the time.

She was the first to design women's sports wear (ankle length pants gasp!) and use knit in women's wear.

She hated the knees, thought they were ugly, so all of her skirts were below the knee even in the 60s the hayday of the mini skirt!  I sometimes wonder if she is spinning in her grave at the sight of some of the stuff that is turned out under her name now! Knees every where!

This is from the Chanel web page and has some great facts:
http://www.chanel.com/nav/html/direct_page.php?page=inside&zone_lang=USAEN
And at least you know they are sanctioned by Chanel.

I hope all of this helps!  I LOVE Chanel! Can't afford it but I love it!
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