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By: Bryan Nelson on April 16, 2014, 4:59 p.m.
Coco Chanel

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Coco Chanel

Coco Chanel became one of the biggest names in the history of fashion, credited with liberating women from the constraints of the "corseted silhouette" and popularizing the acceptance of casual chic as the feminine standard.

Her early years, however, were far from glamorous. After her mother, a laundrywoman, died at the age of 12, Coco was placed in an orphanage by her father, who worked as a traveling peddler. She was eventually raised by nuns, who taught her how to sew — the skill that would eventually lead to her life's work.