Coco Chanel's timeless fashion is on display at Mint Museum

Elegant simplicity. That was the philosophy of Coco Chanel.

Born in poverty near Paris in 1883, she became one of the world's most famous fashion designers by creating clothes that were gorgeous as well as comfortable. Nineteen outfits from the House of Chanel are on display at Mint Museum Randolph through December in "Chanel: Designs for the Modern Woman."

The suits, dresses, coats and accessories showcase Chanel's pioneering designs from the 1920s and later and prove she's still relevant today. Before Chanel, women wore tight-fitting corsets that squeezed their bodies into the shape of an hourglass. She looked to menswear for inspiration, introducing less-structured garments and more comfortable fabrics.

"She wanted quality, elegance and simplicity," says Mint fine arts director Charles Mo. This gave Chanel's designs a timeless quality that resonates 40 years after her death.