Coco Chanel

Coco Chanel

The Legend and the Life

Book - 2010
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In Coco Chanel, Justine Picardie peels away the layers of romance and myth surrounding the legend of Coco Chanel, revealing the true history of the incredible woman who shaped modern fashion and created an empire of haute couture. Picardie's unprecedented research illuminates Chanel's path from little-known seamstress to the aristocracy of style in this stunning look at the fashion icon, illustrated with more than sixty color and black-and-white images.
Publisher: New York : HarperCollins, c2010
Edition: 1st U.S. ed. --
ISBN: 9780061963858
0061963852
Branch Call Number: 746.92092 Chane-P 3558ad 1
Characteristics: 343 p. :,ill. (some col.)

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wendybird Dec 17, 2010

If you're a fashion fan, this is a must-read. You'll notice how heavy the book is, once in hand : it contains high quality paper & an incredible number of photographs.
Picardie must have spent eons in various French archives - it seems not 1 corner of Mlle.'s life is unexplored. Since Coc... Read More »


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Jun 05, 2011

It was interesting to read this after seeing the movie "Coco Avant Chanel" which covers the early life of Chanel. Includes lots of Chanels private photos. Coco Chanel comes across as a very private person, who tried to live by her own rules.

wendybird Dec 17, 2010

If you're a fashion fan, this is a must-read. You'll notice how heavy the book is, once in hand : it contains high quality paper & an incredible number of photographs.
Picardie must have spent eons in various French archives - it seems not 1 corner of Mlle.'s life is unexplored. Since Coco herself often deliberately clouded biographical facts, the book reveals certain things for the first time. Of particular note is her involvement (or not?) with the Germans during World War II. Fascinating woman; fascinating book, incredibly well done.

debwalker Dec 11, 2010

A life spent striving for elegance and beauty. Copiously illustrated.

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