Coco Chanel gave the world the little black dress. Coco, a nickname meaning "little pet" was raised in an orphanage, where she learned to sew. In 1910 she began selling hats from her own shop, and by the 1920s her fashion business had expanded to include a couture house. She was the first to introduce black as a fashion color; her versatile, semi-formal "little black dress" became a Chanel trademark and an enduring fashion standard. After her death the Coco Chanel Company was directed by designer Karl Lagerfeld. Vintage 1980s Chanel Blue Monogram Silk Blouse.