Coco Chanel: The Legend and the Life
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Coco Chanel: The Legend and the Life

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by Justine Picardie
     
 

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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

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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 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.

Editorial Reviews

Edwina Ings-Chambers
“Fascinating. . . . Intriguing reading. . . . In researching this book, Justine Picardie has shown as much doggedness in uncovering her subject’s life as Chanel did in disguising it.”
Kate Betts
“I thought there was nothing more to say about Coco Chanel, but Picardie’s recent book does a great job of depicting a difficult and compelling 20th-century icon.”
Mail on Sunday
“Gripping. . . . In the deftest prose, Picardie lots one of the most extr4aordinary lives of the 20th Century. The book is lavishly illustrated, too, with images of iconic outfits and intimate photos from Chanel’s private albums.”
Frances Wilson
“Elegant.”
Dianne Dempsey
“Captivating. . . . Wonderful photos and illustrations.”
Fiona Purdon
“Picardie’s biography on Chanel is not only stunningly presented—it features photos, pictures and fashion drawings by Karl Lagerfeld on almost every page—but brilliantly written.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061963858
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
09/21/2010
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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Coco Chanel 3.1 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 24 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Couldn't get past the first few pages
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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).
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Why is in the $2.99 book listing but costs $15.99?
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MahMah More than 1 year ago
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?
Jocie More than 1 year ago
...Careful analysis of who Coco really was.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well written story of a legend.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An excellent portrayal of one of the Twentieth centurys' most fascinating woman. Book gives her a pass on her Nazi involvement though.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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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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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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Was abandend
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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;)
Nannydiver More than 1 year ago
Not the inspiring life I expected.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So beautifully shot, great acting, even better writing, a real treat with an authentic French flair. It's a great story.