11 Photos of Coco Chanel You've Never Seen Before

11 Photos of Coco Chanel You've Never Seen Before

On this day in 1883, the fashion world changed forever—but it didn't quite know it yet. Gabrielle Bonheur Chanel was born in Saumur, France, a tiny town about 300 miles outside of Paris. In a time when women were used to wearing nothing but constrictive corsets and immobilizing hoop skirts, the woman who came to be known as Coco revolutionized clothing by suggesting women could wear pants.

The rest is history. Her brand would become one of the most instantly recognizable and famous luxury labels in the world, and today we're celebrating what would be her 131st birthday by taking a look back at some of the rarest photographs of the designer.

Scroll down to see 11 photos of the designer you've probably never seen before!

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    An early, undated photograph of Coco Chanel

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    An early portrait of Coco Chanel, 1910

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    A portrait of Coco Chanel, 1910

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    Coco Chanel playing golf, 1910

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    Coco Chanel in London, 1932

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    Coco Chanel in Paris, 1929

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    Coco Chanel on her first trip to New York City, 1931

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    Coco Chanel with Hugh Grosvenor, 2nd Duke of Westminster, at Chester Races, 1924

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    Coco Chanel in the French seaside resort of Biarritz, 1928

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    Coco Chanel at her home in Faubourg, St Honore, Paris, 1929

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    A portrait of Coco Chanel, 1926

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