Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel (French, Saumur 1883–1971 Paris) for the House of Chanel (French, founded 1913). Cocktail Ensemble, ca. 1962. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of Jane Holzer, 1977 (2009.300.979a–f) | Gabrielle Chanel is the designer most responsible for establishing the modern way of dressing that encompasses comfort, function and simplicity.