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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 Chanels 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 Chanels 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 on unprecedented research, Justine Picardie brings her fascinating, enigmatic subject 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....

Title : Coco Chanel: The Legend and the Life
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ISBN : 0007319045
Format Type : Hardback
Language : English
Publisher : China Press 2012
Number of Pages : 582 Pages
File Size : 574 KB
Status : Available For Download
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Coco Chanel: The Legend and the Life Reviews

  • Igor Biryukov
    2019-04-18 16:03

    In this elegant book Justine Picardie writes about the life and character of Coco Chanel. Chanel liberated women from the constrains of the corset and introduced more practical women's clothing (boyish sportswear, suits, and unisex pants) in the early twentieth century. However, it was the Little Black Dress that was her most groundbreaking fashion statement when it first made an appearance in 1926.

  • BoxerDogLady
    2019-04-24 16:18

    Favorite Coco book of them all. Justine Picardie is a great writer. I have read ALL the Coco books and this one is the best to me. She is able to tell Coco's story without embellishing but using several different sources for each stage of her life and deducting the most likely occurrence.......often quite difficult to do because Coco was not the foreright person and tended to tell different versions of the same stories throughout her life.

  • Vaun Healey
    2019-04-08 16:02

    I enjoyed this book. I knew Chanel since I was quite young but only as a designer of clothes and perfumes. It was good to read about this woman who lived and loved with apparent abandon but was a frightened child within.

  • Michela Martinazzi
    2019-04-09 16:12

    Coco Chanel made it a goal in life to create mystery and drama around her past. She would tell one person one age and then tell another something else. What Picardie has achieved is a comprehensive and in-depth gathering of the different tidbits of Chanel's life and brought it together in a spectacular biography.

  • kelseyd
    2019-04-24 14:57

    Coco Chanel really did lead an interesting life. This book, however, doesn't make it seem interesting. I felt that reading this was a task and I never finished it. There must be more interesting narratives on her life. This went on tangents about other things.

  • peninpaw
    2019-04-17 08:53

    Haven't finished it yet. I recently turned to some other books I have but hadn't read yet. So I guess I was bored. She was not a very likeable person. I'll probably finish it some time, just not right now.

  • M. Murphy
    2019-04-23 09:12

    It's just ok. Not what you'd call a page-turner but interesting in its own way.

  • emmapeel07
    2019-04-01 09:12

    Definitely an informative and interesting read particularly for fashion and history enthusiasts. Well-rounded views, well researched and yet could do without some of the sidetracks. Insightful look into the incredible life of "the Fashion Icon". Surprising to find out how many influential individuals of the 20th century this "Tiny Giant" knew and impacted!