The Allure of Chanel Paperback – January 1, 2008
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About the Author
- Publisher : Pushkin Press (January 1, 2008)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 224 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1906548102
- ISBN-13 : 978-1906548100
- Item Weight : 15.2 ounces
- Dimensions : 6 x 1 x 7.75 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #5,921,217 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Chanel speaks about her life, but this isn't a biography; she talks about fashion generally and her work specifically, but this isn't a book about fashion; she discusses artists and aristocrats of her acquaintance, but in no way is this a cultural history. Look elsewhere for any of those.
What strikes me about this book is how vividly a personality is portrayed--Chanel is down-to-earth, outrageous, overbearing, oddly passive, wonderfully bitchy and frequently mendacious--through some very good writing. Someone as taken with this book as I was might want to look into the novel Hecate and Her Dogs, in which Morand tells a tale of decadence equally well.
And anyone thinking about buying this should know that there are two editions: The larger one is illustrated by Karl Lagerfeld and has some striking photographs that the smaller lacks.
3 1/2 stars.
A new edition of the book, illustrated by Karl Lagerfeld (longtime head of the House of Chanel) will be released on April 10, 2010.