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Chanel: Collections and Creations [Hardcover] Hardcover – 2007

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson; 1St Edition edition (2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0500513600
  • ISBN-13: 978-0500513606
  • ASIN: B0049O4BHG
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 9.7 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (92 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,612 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By TVDIVA VINE VOICE on October 30, 2007
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I have all of the biographies, novels and museum exhibition books published about Chanel in the past twenty years. This new book is a treat for both Chanel lovers and fashionistas.

Author Daniele Bott takes five central themes - the suit, the camellia, jewelry, fragrances, make-up and the LBD (little black dress) and sends us on a journey from the first showing of each item through its many reincarnations. You see how many times designers and the Chanel House itself has re-imaged Chanel creations from over a century ago.

There are over 159 illustrations - 101 of them in color. Many of the photographs have never been seen before and were taken by the greatest names in fashion photography.

My favorite two page spread features a display of the different Chanel buttons used on suits over the years. Another features Chanel fitting Ingrid Bergman in her Chanel suit for a scene in Tea and Sympathy. There are pictures of her original make-up packaging (Chanel thought about travel sizes in make-up long before anyone else), and her push up lipstick created in 1926. Imagine a 2-page spread sea of red Chanel lipsticks or an exclusive, entirely hand crafted logo makeup brush with 16,000 silk strands and the double C logo in the middle.

Chanel was famous for mixing costume jewelry with the real thing and costume jewelry designers (most notably Joan Rivers) have made their fortunes with variations of her original Maltese cross and faux pearl designs.

Every single photo exudes the Chanel style of understated elegance and luxury. For over a century, CoCo Chanel and now Karl Lagerfeld have kept the look and its history alive. This book carries on that tradition.

I also highly recommend:

Jacques Helleu and Chanel by Jacques Helleu which features over four decades of Chanel print ads and commercials.
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I see this book has been almost universally praised. Much as I hate to be almost the sole dissenting voice, I have to say I found the book quite lightweight in regards to the many years of history of Chanel collections, and basically, just a long advertisement for Karl Lagerfeld's reinvention of the Chanel product(s) line.

Since I find most of KL's innovations for Chanel somewhat tacky and hit-or-miss, I didn't enjoy this very much.
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I had quite a time getting my hands on this book. I finally did so, at my local library, and was able to cancel my Amazon order for it. Unfortunately, there almost are more photos in this book of Chanel jewelry, makeup and perfume than fashion (I may be exaggerating, but not by much). I thought the title implied, with the use of the word collection, that it would be about the runway collection. I was not that fascinated with the history of the buttons, although that was interesting. I was hoping that the book would be about the runway collection through the years. I would have loved to have seen more photos during the time of Coco's reign or even Karl's collections through the years. Chanel is my absolute favorite luxury brand and I was hoping for perhaps some of the accessories (leather goods, purses, even things like tennis rackets and ski goggles, maybe the shoes). It is a lovely book, just not what I thought it would be... If you are looking for the RUNWAY COLLECTION, this isn't it.
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Chanel: Collections and Creations is an utter delight from cover to cover. The book itself is beautifully presented, printed on heavy stock and bound tightly. Unlike some other "coffee table books" I've bought, it feels like it was made to last. This book is a real treat for both the casual and dedicated fashionistas alike. Images are gloriously rendered both in full color and crisp black and white. The full page shot of the iconic camellia brooches and the section dedicated to the Chanel suit were particular highlights. A number of photographs are so detailed and well shot that you almost feel you can reach out and touch the clothing and jewelry pictured. I can highly recommend this excellent resource - even for those with a mere passing interest in the house of Chanel. A very happy addition to my book collection.
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I was thinking this might be a glossily illustrated collection of vintage designs by Coco Chanel. Instead, it seems to be a glossily illustrated promotion piece for the current Lagerfeld-Chanel organization resembling nothing so much as a promotional sales publication! I am disappointed and would not recommend it to lovers of classic Chanel. The book, however,.is beautifully produced - all surface and much hype but not enough content!
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I agree with the 'lone dissenter' that this book resembles more an ad or catalog of Lagerfeld's Chanel products. What is interesting is that compared with the classic Chanel shown (1920s-1960s), Lagerfeld's interpretation looks more like rags on crack addicts. Just a brief browse brings forward how utterly classless and meaningless fashion has become. It is a sad trip. It's a shame the Chanel house didn't fold when Coco died, that way her wonderful creations would have remained intact. This book just reveals the debasing of a giant without her permission. I think she'd be quite horrified at where her line has gone. These waif crystal meth girls with bruised eye makeup look like they've just upchucked in the john and are ready to go another round before being found dead in the morning. The few actresses bring a bit of class to their duds but they like most new celebs really aren't anything to remember. Don't pay full price for this! Wait for someone with taste to bring out a tome dedicated to cataloging Coco's creations as they ought to be--the ones she had a hand in creating.
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