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Jewelry by Chanel
     

Jewelry by Chanel

by Patrick Mauries, Tom Eckerle (Photographer)
 

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Now available in paperback, Jewelry by Chanel explores one of the many sides of Coco Chanel, a creature of contrasts whose legacy continues to intrigue her admirers. There was the Chanel of the most sumptuous baroque, of dazzling, playful, unrestrained jewelry, of diamonds and emeralds shimmering like stars, and there was the Chanel of the tailored suit and the little

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Now available in paperback, Jewelry by Chanel explores one of the many sides of Coco Chanel, a creature of contrasts whose legacy continues to intrigue her admirers. There was the Chanel of the most sumptuous baroque, of dazzling, playful, unrestrained jewelry, of diamonds and emeralds shimmering like stars, and there was the Chanel of the tailored suit and the little black dress, of the severe cut, the strand of pearls, of classicism ala francaise. Out of this dialogue between hyperbole and understatement, and in counterpoint to the costume jewelry that she gave to the world, she created jewelry that was unparalleled in its insistence on luxury and refinement and unfettered in its imagination. Her jewelry presents one of the least known aspects of her work. With more than 120 illustrations and based on archival research and interviews with Chanel's colleagues and other witnesses to her life and career, Jewelry by Chanel is the first book to present this remarkable facet of a truly fascinating character.

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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:
9780821225509
Publisher:
Little, Brown and Company
Publication date:
03/15/2000
Series:
Jewelry by Chanel Series
Edition description:
1 PBK ED
Pages:
144
Product dimensions:
9.11(w) x 12.56(h) x 0.61(d)
Age Range:
13 Years

Meet the Author

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

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