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Coco Chanel

Justine Picardie


On Sale Date: 09/21/2010
Print Run: 50,000
Format: Hardcover
352 pgs.
Price: $40.00
ISBN: 0061963852
ISBN 13: 9780061963858

Coco Chanel was an extraordinary inventor, conjuring up the little black dress, bobbed hair, trousers for women, contemporary chic, bestselling perfumes, and the most successful fashion brand of all time. But she also invented herself, fashioning the myth of her own life with the same dexterity as her couture; and what lies beneath her own glossy surface is darker, more mysterious, and far more intriguing. Uncovering remarkable new details about Gabrielle Chanel’s humble early years, Justine Picardie picks up the legend of Chanel where it began—in orphanhood and poverty. Throwing new light on her passionate and, at times, dark relationships and providing never-before-read insights into her connections with Cocteau, Diaghilev, Picasso, and Dali, this beautifully constructed, fully illustrated portrait gives a fresh and penetrating look at what made Coco Chanel the strong-spirited and powerful presence she became. An authoritative account, based on personal observations and interviews with Chanel’s last surviving friends, employees, and relatives, it also unravels her coded language and symbols and tracks the influence of her formative years on her legendary style. Celebrating her great achievements in this chic volume, Justine Picardie offers a story that reveals the true heart of fashion.

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