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Chanel: The Vocabulary of Style Slp Edition
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I'm interested in fashion history from the early 20th century and wanted a biography / historical timeline of Coco Chanel's collections and was hoping for a substantial coffee table book featuring ONLY that. Does such a thing exist? Or must every recent publication pay homage to Lagerfeld? I'm asking because I'd love a tried and true recommendation if anyone has one.
Similar in format to Daniele Bott's Chanel: Collections and Creations, Gautier takes eleven key Chanel style elements and juxtaposes the original forms of the trademarks with current day innovations, letting Chanel's enduring style speak for itself.
Each chapter contains a brief history of the key style element and gorgeous archived and contemporary fashion photographs of models and celebrities:
Chapter 1: The Body Liberated - Chanel's fashions liberate women from corsets
Chapter 2: Little Black Dresses - The LBD and its place in fashion history
Chapter 3: Black into Night - Dresses go to ankle length for day, brushing the floor at night - black is no longer just for mourning
Chapter 4: Baroque Inspirations -Chanel is introduced to Venice by Misia - "queen of modern Baroque"
Chapter 5: 31, Rue Cambon - Chanel buys the building and adds surrounding properties to create Maison Chanel
Chapter 6: Youth and Evolution - Chanel's life - fact and fiction
Chapter 7: Simple Chic - The enduring appeal of Chanel hats
Chapter 8: Androgyne - Chanel creates clothes based on the comfort men enjoy
Chapter 9: From Tweed to Tweeds - Chanel's enduring corded tweed suit
Chapter 10: The Total Look - Accessorizing with Chanel
Chapter 11: Rebel - Chanel Fashion as defiant as the woman herself
At the end of the book is a legend to each fashion photograph. The photographer, model or celebrity, Chanel collection the item came from, magazine or book where it first appeared are all documented.Read more ›
The book is large and thick full of spectacular photographs both color and b/w showing the pieces at their best.
The book also contains concise chapters detailing the sources of inspiration behind the creation of the illustrated garments, thus, putting the pieces in a wider context.
This is a highly recommended book for all fans of Chanel and beautiful fashion photography.