Before the two distinctive "CC"s initially became synonymous with designer labels, Coco Chanel was an impoverished peasant with a taste for the high life. Thanks to six years in an orphanage and a few talented relatives who knew how to sew, Coco landed a position in a tailor's shop. Although she tried to make it as a cabaret singer, Coco never quit her day job, which ultimately paid off. Today, a little black dress graces almost every woman's closet. So does a good pair of pants. Curious to know more? Coco Before Chanel is now out on DVD. Prefer to check out her roots firsthand? France Guide is giving away a trip for 2 to Paris, along with 3 nights in a 4-star hotel. Button up those designer duds and enter.
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