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by Justine Picardie
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  • Author:
    Justine Picardie
  • ISBN:
    0007317611
  • ISBN13:
    978-0007317615
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  • Publisher:
    HarperCollins; New edition edition (September 1, 2010)
  • Pages:
    343 pages
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    Graphic Design
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In Coco Chanel, Justine Picardie peels away the layers of romance and myth surrounding the legend of Coco Chanel. 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.

In Coco Chanel, Justine Picardie peels away the layers of romance and myth surrounding the legend of Coco Chanel. Kate Betts, The Week). 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.

Justine Picardie brings the mysterious Gabrielle Chanel out of hiding, to celebrate her great achievements. She examines Chanel's enduring afterlife, as well as her remarkable life, uncovering the consequences of what she covered up, unpicking the seams between truth and legend, yet keeping intact the real fabric of her past.

Towards the end of her life, Chanel told a story of sitting with other children in a wooden pew in church. A nun poked her with a stick when Gabrielle sang ‘Ave Maria’ too loudly; meanwhile, alone on another bench, was a hunchback

Towards the end of her life, Chanel told a story of sitting with other children in a wooden pew in church. A nun poked her with a stick when Gabrielle sang ‘Ave Maria’ too loudly; meanwhile, alone on another bench, was a hunchback. I’d have liked to sit down beside him and touch his hump,’ she said to Claude Delay, ‘and tell him that it didn’t matter, he could still be loved.

In Coco Chanel, Justine Picardie peels away the layers of romance and. In Coco Chanel, Justine Picardie peels away the layers of romance and myth surrounding the legend of Coco Chanel, revealing the true history of the incredible woman who shaped modern fashion and created an empire of haute couture.

Coco Chanel is brought out of hiding, says Frances Wilson, as she admires Justine Picardie's new biography of. .But as Justine Picardie shows in this elegant book, the figure who introduced simplicity into women’s wardrobes was far from simple herself

Coco Chanel is brought out of hiding, says Frances Wilson, as she admires Justine Picardie's new biography of the elusive designer. But as Justine Picardie shows in this elegant book, the figure who introduced simplicity into women’s wardrobes was far from simple herself. Gabrielle Chanel was born in a poorhouse in 1883; her parents were unmarried and, according to Chanel, when she was six, her mother, Jeanne, died of tuberculosis.

Justine Picardie’s thoughtful and beautifully illustrated biography illuminates the iconoclast who might justifiably be said to have invented the twentieth-century woman’. Times Literary Supplement.

Justine Picardie has spent the last decade puzzling over the truth about Coco Chanel, attempting to peel away the accretions of romance and lies. In this beautifully illustrated, impeccably written full-scale biography we finally discover the history of the incredible woman who created the way we look now. Coco Chanel was an extraordinary inventor - she conjured up the little black dress, bobbed hair, trousers for women, contemporary chic, best-selling perfumes, and the most successful fashion brand of all time - but she also invented herself, fashioning the myth of her own life with the same dexterity as her couture. While Chanel was supreme innovator and vendor of all things elegant and beautiful, what lies beneath her own glossy myth is far darker. Throwing new light on her passionate and turbulent relationships, this beautifully constructed portrait gives a fresh and penetrating look at how Coco Chanel made herself into her own most powerful creation. Justine Picardie brings the mysterious Gabrielle Chanel out of hiding, to celebrate her great achievements. She examines Chanel's enduring afterlife, as well as her remarkable life, uncovering the consequences of what she covered up, unpicking the seams between truth and legend, yet keeping intact the real fabric of her past.

Felolune
In this elegant book Justine Picardie writes about the life and character of Coco Chanel. Chanel liberated women from the constrains of the corset and introduced more practical women's clothing (boyish sportswear, suits, and unisex pants) in the early twentieth century. However, it was the Little Black Dress that was her most groundbreaking fashion statement when it first made an appearance in 1926.

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.
Bedy
Favorite Coco book of them all. Justine Picardie is a great writer. I have read ALL the Coco books and this one is the best to me. She is able to tell Coco's story without embellishing but using several different sources for each stage of her life and deducting the most likely occurrence.......often quite difficult to do because Coco was not the foreright person and tended to tell different versions of the same stories throughout her life.
WOGY
Coco Chanel made it a goal in life to create mystery and drama around her past. She would tell one person one age and then tell another something else. What Picardie has achieved is a comprehensive and in-depth gathering of the different tidbits of Chanel's life and brought it together in a spectacular biography.

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.
Zolorn
I enjoyed this book. I knew Chanel since I was quite young but only as a designer of clothes and perfumes. It was good to read about this woman who lived and loved with apparent abandon but was a frightened child within.
Cenneel
Coco Chanel really did lead an interesting life. This book, however, doesn't make it seem interesting. I felt that reading this was a task and I never finished it. There must be more interesting narratives on her life. This went on tangents about other things.
Tygolar
Haven't finished it yet. I recently turned to some other books I have but hadn't read yet. So I guess I was bored. She was not a very likeable person. I'll probably finish it some time, just not right now.
FLIDER
Definitely an informative and interesting read particularly for fashion and history enthusiasts. Well-rounded views, well researched and yet could do without some of the sidetracks. Insightful look into the incredible life of "the Fashion Icon". Surprising to find out how many influential individuals of the 20th century this "Tiny Giant" knew and impacted!
This book is very a very detailed and interesting read.