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- Print Length: 306 pages
- Publisher: It Books; Reprint edition (February 5, 2013)
- Publication Date: February 5, 2013
- Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00AHC9PL6
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
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“Fascinating. . . . Intriguing reading. . . . In researching this book, Justine Picardie has shown as much doggedness in uncovering her subject’s life as Chanel did in disguising it.” (Edwina Ings-Chambers, Sunday Times)
“I thought there was nothing more to say about Coco Chanel, but Picardie’s recent book does a great job of depicting a difficult and compelling 20th-century icon.” (Kate Betts, The Week)
“Gripping. . . . In the deftest prose, Picardie lots one of the most extr4aordinary lives of the 20th Century. The book is lavishly illustrated, too, with images of iconic outfits and intimate photos from Chanel’s private albums.” (Mail on Sunday)
“Elegant.” (Frances Wilson, Daily Telegraph)
“Captivating. . . . Wonderful photos and illustrations.” (Dianne Dempsey, The Age)
“Picardie’s biography on Chanel is not only stunningly presented—it features photos, pictures and fashion drawings by Karl Lagerfeld on almost every page—but brilliantly written.” (Fiona Purdon, Courier-Mail (Australia))
About the Author
Justine Picardie is the author of four books, including her critically acclaimed memoir If the Spirit Moves You and her most recent novel, Daphne. The former features director of British Vogue and editor of the Observer magazine, she is currently a fashion columnist for the Sunday Telegraph, and also writes for several other newspapers and magazines, including Harper's Bazaar and the Times of London. She lives in London with her two sons.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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As a Russian, I was surprised by the amount of Russians in Chanel's life, including the nephew of the last Tsar, the Grand Duke Dmitri Pavlovich Romanov. They were lovers for several years. It was the Grand Duke who introduced her to the former perfumer to the Tsars and former Russian subject called Ernest Beaux (a truly remarkable German-French-Russian character) who fled from Russia to France after the Revolution. He created the famous scent of Chanel #5 in 1921. I learned that there are some speculations that Chanel was a German spy or perhaps a double agent during WWII working for the British. She knew Winston Churchill personally and was a lover of the Duke of Westminster.
Chanel was a driven woman, who at first used fashion to make her way onto the Parisian high society, or even to attract the aristocratic men. But nothing functions as a means unless we engage in it as an end. The book would have benefited from the overview of fashion industry and the role of the House of Chanel in it. What are the main driving forces, who are the main competitors? The book is smartly divided into small portions; each chapter is short and logical. The illustrations are luscious. This is a well-researched study - the author seems to have dipped into every possible source, from the records of Paris police to the Churchill archives. I recommend it.
She will include several different versions of an event so the reader will have a fully-rounded idea of what happened.
My only con to this biography is that sometimes it goes in-depth about other people in Chanel's life to the point of being dull. We want to read about Chanel, not anyone else.
Overall, great read, almost like a novel, and if you're a fan of Chanel you're sure to enjoy.