Coco Chanel: The Legend and the Life

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Sleek. Chic. Notoriously guarded. Welcome to the secret world of Gabrielle Chanel.

The story of Chanel begins with an abandoned child, as lost as a girl in a dark fairy tale. Unveiling remarkable new details about Gabrielle Chanel's early years in a convent orphanage, and her flight into unconventional adulthood, Justine Picardie explores what lies beneath the glossy surface of a mythic fashion icon.

Throwing new light on her passionate and ...

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Overview

Sleek. Chic. Notoriously guarded. Welcome to the secret world of Gabrielle Chanel.

The story of Chanel begins with an abandoned child, as lost as a girl in a dark fairy tale. Unveiling remarkable new details about Gabrielle Chanel's early years in a convent orphanage, and her flight into unconventional adulthood, Justine Picardie explores what lies beneath the glossy surface of a mythic fashion icon.

Throwing new light on her passionate and turbulent relationships, this beautifully constructed portrait gives a fresh and penetrating look at how Coco Chanel made herself into her own most powerful creation. An authoritative account, based on personal observations and interviews with Chanel's last surviving friends, employees, and relatives, it also unravels her coded language and symbols, and traces the influence of her formative years on her legendary style.

Feared and revered by the rest of the fashion industry, Coco Chanel died in 1971 at the age of eighty-seven. But her legacy lives on. Drawing upon her unprecedented access to the Chanel archive, Justine Picardie brings Gabrielle Chanel out of hiding and uncovers the consequences of what Chanel covered up, unpicking the seams between truth and myth in a story that reveals the true heart of fashion.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061963858
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/21/2010
  • Pages: 343
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Justine Picardie is the author of four books, including her critically acclaimed memoir If the Spirit Moves You and her most recent novel, Daphne. The former features director of British Vogue and editor of the Observer magazine, she is currently a fashion columnist for the Sunday Telegraph, and also writes for several other newspapers and magazines, including Harper's Bazaar and the Times of London. She lives in London with her two sons.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 4, 2010

    I want my money back!

    I waited for this book to be released with great anticipation, and was sorely disappointed. Poorly written, and a rehash of all that has gone before. The photographs were those used in other books, but so badly out of chronological order that it was distracting.

    5 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2013

    Why is in the $2.99 book listing but costs $15.99?

    Why is in the $2.99 book listing but costs $15.99?

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 18, 2010

    Fantastic

    So beautifully shot, great acting, even better writing, a real treat with an authentic French flair. It's a great story.

    2 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2014

    Too expensive

    This book is so expensive!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2014

    ho hum

    Couldn't get past the first few pages

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2014

    Huh.!?

    I dont get it. I know who coco chanel is, but is this a fiction book or a non fiction? I need to take this book off my wishlist. Her perfume smells smekka good tho..... lol;)

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 19, 2013

    more from this reviewer

    Will the real Coco Chanel please stand up!

    I was spellbound by this bio but to be truthful, when I came to the final page I think I knew less about this mysterious, iconic woman than I thought I did before I started the book! Madame Coco appears to have done such a magnificent job of reinventing herself from birth to death that it's doubtful to me that anybody will ever know the REAL Coco Chanel. Maybe, tho, it's not necessary to know her? What she left in her wake will live on forever. What civilized woman among us doesn't desire to own a piece of her famously distinctive fashion creations or the tiniest odd shaped vial of Chanel No. 5?

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 12, 2013

    Into Fashion or not...

    ...Careful analysis of who Coco really was.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2013

    Chanel's Fairytale

    There were alot of inconsistencies in Coco Chanel's life the truth and the real story. In my opinion the story seemed fragmented just did not flow. Coco seemed to be a sad soul who did not value family ( I guess because of her experience with life).

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2013

    Loved this book!

    Well written story of a legend.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2013

    Recommend

    An excellent portrayal of one of the Twentieth centurys' most fascinating woman. Book gives her a pass on her Nazi involvement though.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2013

    Disappointing...

    I was looking forward to reading this book, but it got bogged down in way too many uninteresting details. She was quite a character, but I kept wondering how much was true.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2013

    A good read.

    I enjoyed this book. However, it seemed to me that the author probably sensationalized some parts. It's a good read though.

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  • Posted September 21, 2013

    Disappointing

    Not the inspiring life I expected.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2014

    Havent read a good bio of her and at keast they could have

    More pictures of the styles. Last one read never had any fashion pictures but her in that last nubby white suit and hat

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