Chanel: The Vocabulary of Style

Chanel: The Vocabulary of Style

by Jérôme Gautier
     
 


A luxurious book that showcases the spirit and essence of Chanel's iconic style through the medium of fashion photographySee more details below

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A luxurious book that showcases the spirit and essence of Chanel's iconic style through the medium of fashion photography

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Globe & Mail

“This elegant, beautifully designed volume features hundreds of photographs, both classic and contemporary, often shot by photographers who are themselves legendary.”—Globe & Mail
Library Journal
Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel's original designs mingle with Karl Lagerfeld's contemporary interpretations for the House of Chanel in this profusely illustrated analysis. Journalist and fashion historian Gautier organizes the book not chronologically but by ideas he calls "Chanel identifiers"—little black dresses, tweed suits, and simple clothes inspired by menswear. Lagerfeld's vision, Gautier argues, made Chanel's fashion heresies relevant again for late 20th-century women. Chanel herself dominates this book, however. Gautier's explorations of the cultural norms Chanel flouted in her use of jersey and tweed and her invocations of androgyny are compelling. Photographs, identified in end credits, serve not only as historical documents but as methods of disseminating Chanel's style vocabulary, beautifully demonstrated here in images by Annie Leibovitz, Edward Steichen, Mario Testino, Cecil Beaton, Horst P. Horst, Richard Avedon, and Patrick Demarchelier, among others. VERDICT Elegant enough for gift giving and weighty enough to engage fashion scholars; lavish photos support significant chapters on Chanel the revolutionary.—Lindsay M. King, Yale Univ. Lib., New Haven, CT

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300175660
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
11/29/2011
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
90,510
Product dimensions:
10.00(w) x 13.10(h) x 1.50(d)

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