Chanel

Overview

When Jean Leymarie’s monograph on Coco Chanel was originally published in 1989, he was known primarily as a curator and modern art historian, both in his native France and abroad. Bringing his expertise to bear on one of the most famous (and often controversial) couturiers of all time, Leymarie legitimized fashion as fine art.

Completely redesigned by Philippe Apeloig, Leymarie’s classic volume is back in print once more. Beginning with a brief history of fashion, Leymarie takes...

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Overview

When Jean Leymarie’s monograph on Coco Chanel was originally published in 1989, he was known primarily as a curator and modern art historian, both in his native France and abroad. Bringing his expertise to bear on one of the most famous (and often controversial) couturiers of all time, Leymarie legitimized fashion as fine art.

Completely redesigned by Philippe Apeloig, Leymarie’s classic volume is back in print once more. Beginning with a brief history of fashion, Leymarie takes the reader through Chanel’s early days, when she mingled with Jean Cocteau, Igor Stravinsky, and Luchino Visconti, through the development of her brand after her death by Karl Lagerfeld. A special essay on Lagerfeld’s contribution to the Chanel legacy, written by journalist Marc Lembron, brings this new edition up to date.

This lavishly illustrated volume presents the famous couturiere through her associations with prolific artists.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Joining Rizzoli's recently published studies of two other great 20th-century French couturiers, Paul Poiret and Christian Dior, this volume attempts to place Chanel's achievements within the context of the artistic trendsparticularly Cubismprominent when she was. The book opens with a survey of fashion history, emphasizing the great portrait artists of Europea valuable essay in general but not completely germane to the work at hand. The chapters are presented as long captions, without firm conclusions, and are sometimes difficult to follow. Thankfully, the translation from the French is, unlike that of Dior and Poiret , carefully done. All three volumes carry magnificent illustrations. Sally R. Sims, Univ. of Maryland Lib., College Park
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810996946
  • Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/15/2011
  • Pages: 260
  • Sales rank: 143,064
  • Product dimensions: 9.70 (w) x 12.40 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Jean Leymarie (1919–2006) was a prominent art historian who devoted his life to bringing contemporary art to national museums. He was chief curator at the National Museum of Modern Art in Paris from 1968 to 1973, director of studies at the Ecole du Louvre, and director of the Villa Medicis French Academy of Art in Rome from 1977 to 1984.

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