Coco Before Chanel

The movie, Coco Before Chanel is opening only in L.A. And New York this Friday, but its influence may be more wide-ranging. As you can guess from the title, the movie focuses on Chanel’s life before she became famous.

Today’s NYT “Style” section calls the movie a “gauzy film…that reconstructs Chanel’s early years as a Pretty Woman saga” and then proceeds to use it as a jumping-off point to write about the decidedly non-gauzy aspects of her lif as described in a new biography, Coco Chanel, by Justine Picardie, coming later this fall. An affair with a Nazi officer during the occupation of Paris, says the NYT, was “one in a series of morally compromising choices she made to ensure that even in wartime, with her competitors shuttering all around her, her business would continue to thrive.”

Coco Chanel
Justine Picardie
Retail Price: $40.00
Hardcover: 336 pages
Publisher: It Books/HarperCollins – (2009-11-01)
ISBN / EAN: 0061963852 / 9780061963858

Also mentioned in the article is “a self-help guide masquerading as an irreverent biography”:

The Gospel According to Coco Chanel: Life Lessons from the World’s Most Elegant Woman
Karen Karbo
Retail Price: $19.95
Hardcover: 225 pages
Publisher: skirt! – (2009-09-01)
ISBN / EAN: 1599215233 / 9781599215235

Neither appear to be on order in libraries.

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