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Jewelry by Chanel

by Patrick Mauries
     
 

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Celebrating eighty years of Chanel jewelry from the iconic 1932 designs to the new 2012 anniversary collection
Coco Chanel’s passion for fabulous jewels, for exceptional stones, and for improbable marvels produced pieces that were unparalleled in their insistence on luxury and refinement. Drawing inspiration from tradition, Chanel was never the slave of

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Celebrating eighty years of Chanel jewelry from the iconic 1932 designs to the new 2012 anniversary collection
Coco Chanel’s passion for fabulous jewels, for exceptional stones, and for improbable marvels produced pieces that were unparalleled in their insistence on luxury and refinement. Drawing inspiration from tradition, Chanel was never the slave of everyday formulas or market values. Yet she reinvented tradition in the most arresting and modern jewelry pieces, based on her love of color and her assured command of austere classical beauty. Chanel was a creature of contrasts: there was the Chanel of sumptuous baroque, of rococo mirrors and dazzling, playful, unrestrained jewelry; and there was the Chanel of the utmost restraint, of classicism a la française. Out of this dialogue between ostentation and austerity, the jewelry that Chanel created throughout her long career has been celebrated in many revivals of her exceptional taste. From the direct re-creations of the 1932 Collection to the newest interpretations of comets and stars, plumes and feathers, and Chanel’s signature flower, the camellia, this book is true to the spirit of her enterprise. Classic images from the archives combine with exciting new photography to bring old and new together.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
This latest attempt to interpret Chanel's revolutionary fashion aesthetic focuses on her jewelry designs, which often owed much to Byzantine, Renaissance, and Baroque forms. Mauries's spare essay omits much of the conjecture that plagues other books about the designer (Claude Baillen's Chanel Solitaire , LJ 1/15/75; Edmonde Charles-Roux's Chanel: Her Life, Her World , LJ 10/15/75) but offers facts and quotations that will be familiar to Chanel fans. Charming contemporary sketches and striking photographs are the core of the book. They allow readers to compare Chanel's jewelry adaptations with their historic originals and to observe how the colorful fantasy pieces decorated otherwise drab Chanel fashions. Inclusive costume history collections might wish to add this volume, but Jean Leymarie's massive Chanel ( LJ 3/1/88) is the better buy.-- Therese Duzinkiewicz Baker, Western Kentucky Univ. Libs., Bowling Green

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780500516287
Publisher:
Thames & Hudson
Publication date:
10/16/2012
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
506,055
Product dimensions:
9.40(w) x 12.20(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

Patrick Mauriès is a writer, publisher, and collector. His previous books include Jewelry by Chanel and Cabinets of Curiosities.

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