- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: skirt!; First edition (March 1, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0762764155
- ISBN-13: 978-0762764150
- Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.2 x 7.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 145 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #490,025 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Gospel According to Coco Chanel: Life Lessons from the World's Most Elegant Woman Paperback – March 1, 2011
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Reading Karbo is like listening to a dear friend talk about the legendary designer over brunch.”Los Angeles Times
We’re in a period of Coco-worship, with a number of new books and films about her. But before you overdose, check out The Gospel’ for useful insights into some of the strategies and traits that made Ms. Chanel a mogul. . . . [T]he humorous commentary makes it all worthwhile.”Wall Street Journal
This is a book for fashionistas everywhere; those who love to read about the fashion legacy that continues to inspire women all over the world.”Creators.com
Anyone with a good sense of humor should hugely enjoy, or should I say enjoie, Karen Karbo’s funny and stylish take on Coco Chanel. Like a little black dress, this handy life guide will take you from day into evening. K.K. on C.C.: oui, oui!”
Henry Alford, author of How to Live
Wise, witty, and refreshingly colloquial, The Gospel According to Coco Chanel is an enchanting tour through the complex, often controversial life of fashion icon Chanel. Filled with relevant life lessons for the modern woman, this book is Karbo at her irrepressible best.”Hilary Black, editor of The Secret Currency of Love
No writer has a better understanding of what it means to be Chanel and what it means to be a woman who admires Chanel than Karen Karbo, author of the short and addictive The Gospel According to Coco Chanel.” HeadButler.com
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Born in 1883 in a poorhouse in southern France to unmarried parents, Chanel was raised in a convent after her mother died when she was six and her father abandoned her. The nuns taught her to sew, and while working as a café singer in the early 1900s she began designing hats for fun. Her lovers included a wealthy English industrialist, who helped her set up her own millinery shop and steered his society friends her way.
Chanel grew up to be the woman who not only gave us the little black dress and boxy jackets, but also popularized pants for women and easy, practical clothes that allowed women a chic freedom they’d never known before. In her strong-headed, elegant, opinionated, passionate, entirely French way, Coco Chanel helped bring women into the modern era. She was the only fashion icon to be named one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People of the 20th Century.
The Gospel According to Coco Chanel is a captivating, offbeat look at style, celebrity, and self-invention—all held together with Karbo’s droll Chanel-style commentary and culled from an examination of Chanel’s difficult childhood and triumphant adulthood, passionate love affairs, career choices, habits, eccentricities, and personal philosophies. Weaving Chanel’s life story into chapter themes that subtly convey life lessons, and with Chesley McLaren’s charming illustrations, it will leave the reader utterly entranced with, and inspired by, Chanel’s amazing individuality, confidence, and determination.
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Author, Karen Karbo, respects her subject and her audience. With humor and reverence, she reminds us of who brought us the clothes, accessories and perfume, that we love, and that enhance our existence even today. Karbo recognizes that Chanel was and is a lifestyle package that is just as relevant today in the 21st Century as it was in the 20th Century. She imparts the historical facts and wisdom of this fashion icon with a fun and very readable writing technique. It was interesting to hear how Chanel influenced the writer. The writer sympathetically and honestly brought Chanel to life for us to enjoy. Thanks, Ms. Karbo.
"The Gospel" did give me a few laughs and I did learn a few things about the woman behind the suit and LBD which is all I ask for or require from any book. I do recommend this to anybody that wants an interesting read. I only have one suggestion for the author the next time she sits herself down in front of the computer: don't take the competitors of Chanel personally. She fought all of Chanel's battles all over again as if she, Karbo, had been directly spoken to.
On the whole, Karbo did a great job. Thanks for the education and best explanation of a very mystical woman's life.
The book was overall interesting, I did have a problem with the writing style. I am no literary critic, and am not somebody who normally picks up on these types of things, but I thought his book was poorly written. I don't think an editor could have even fixed it. It read like the author's thoughts were in a million different directions. None of the chapters made cohesive sense. The author also tried to create these rules of living like Coco Chanel, yet, none of the rules had any solid facts to back them up, it was almost like it was only the authors opinion of life, rather than facts based on how Coco Chanel really lived.
I recommend reading a book about Coco Chanel since she is an interesting woman, but I do not recommend reading this book.