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Intimate Chanel Hardcover – September 13, 2011

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"This is the first book about the influential designer to include stories from one of her family members. Grand-niece Gabrielle Palasse-Labrunie shares personal memories and photographs of her “Auntie Coco” in this 208-page book." ~InStyle

"The intriguing tome is a must for Chanel enthusiasts, fashion lovers and the like." ~Le Petite Blog

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Isabelle Fiemeyer has written biographies on Coco Chanel and Marcel Griaule, as well as a novel in her native French. Francis Hammond’s photographs have been published in Elle Decor and Martha Stewart Living as well as Historic Houses of Paris (2010), Elegant Entertaining (2009), and Mariage Freres French Tea (2003). Gabrielle Palasse-Labrunie is Chanel’s great-niece.

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  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Flammarion (September 13, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 2080301624
  • ISBN-13: 978-2080301628
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 1 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #875,806 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on September 21, 2011
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Coco Chanel has always fascinated biographers. Many authors have tried to capture the truth, only to just repeat what has already been written and populate their books with the same archived photographs. It is a pleasure to read a new book which is from the perspective of a family member.

Chanel was famous for reinventing herself time and again, and covered her tracks by never keeping anything personal that she had written. She would tear up personal papers, documents and letters and toss them into the fire. Her homes were an extension of her spirit which was influenced by her lover Boy Chapel. The book showcases a processional cross, a Buddha (with flowers replacing broken fingers) and an English/French chapbook Chapel wrote spiritual passages in for Chanel contemplate during meditation. She never showed anyone that small chapbook until a few years before her death. Her homes were filled with books of her poet and writer friends, many of whom she quietly helped during their tougher days. She believed in symbols (lions appeared on her suit buttons and on her tombstone) and five was her lucky number (Chanel No. 5 was the fifth try at the synthetic perfume launched on the fifth day of the fifth month of the year. Chanel loved American music and the arts (as showcased in the marvelous Chanel by Jean Leymarie.)

This is not an indepth biography. This is a large book by Flammarion with huge pictures and type. If you want to just nestle into a loving intimate tribute from a grand niece to her Auntie Coco, then this book is for you. If you want something more substantial, then peruse the following:

Chanel A Life by Justin Picardie with illustrations by Karl Lagerfeld

Chanel and Her World by Edmonde Charles-Roux

Chanel: A Woman of her Own by Axel Madsen
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ronda on May 24, 2012
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I've read bio's on Coco Chanel, but this one is just a nice read about her life and not an in depth story of her life. It's her niece talking about Coco's friends, jewelry, and other things through out Coco's life. It's a great coffee table book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. Jackson on May 18, 2012
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This light biography is loaded with pictures of both Coco Chanel's life, friends and family as well as her personal collections of design, jewelry, fashions, furniture, decor and collectibles. Emphasis is on how Coco's personal style and life experiences informed her product. As a biography it does not go into great depth of every aspect of her personal life, but gives a good overview of her personal life as it relates to her fashion empire and her position as a major voice of 20th Century design.
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By Masha on February 6, 2014
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I ordered the book for my friend, who is loves Chanel. I believe she is going to love it. It was brand new, and good quality.
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By party on April 28, 2014
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Coco Chanel has become my inspirational about as a person, to become as makeup artist and do not be afraid.....
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