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Chanel: The Vocabulary of Style

Jerome Gautier


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ISBN: 9780300175660
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A luxurious book that showcases the spirit and essence of Chanel's iconic style through the medium of fashion photography
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  • Hardcover
    $195.99
ISBN: 9780300175660
ANNOTATION:
A luxurious book that showcases the spirit and essence of Chanel's iconic style through the medium of fashion photography

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A luxurious book that showcases the spirit and essence of Chanel's iconic style through the medium of fashion photography

Publisher Description

Gabrielle Bonheur "Coco" Chanel (1883-1971) was undoubtedly the most influential fashion designer of the 20th century. Her clothes and accessories have remained perennially chic, and her legendary fashion house continues to exert a powerful sway over today's designers. Jerome Gautier tells the story of Chanel's iconic style through hundreds of images, many taken by the leading lights of fashion photography, including Richard Avedon, Gilles Bensimon, Patrick Demarchelier, Horst P. Horst, Annie Leibovitz, Man Ray, Helmut Newton, Irving Penn, and Ellen von Unwerth. This innovative volume pairs classic and contemporary photographs, placing fashion plates from Chanel's time alongside those by the house's designer-in-chief, Karl Lagerfeld. For instance, Cecil Beaton's portrait of Chanel appears alongside Lagerfeld's image of Cate Blanchett emulating her, and a classic plate by Henry Clarke flanks an arresting shot by Juergen Teller.

Through these dazzling photographs, Chanel: The Vocabulary of Style identifies key elements that have defined Chanel's style for generations, such as jersey and tweed, formerly considered menswear fabrics, and the little black dress, which transformed a hue previously reserved for mourning into a statement of elegance. Pearls were her staple, and she often embellished outfits with her signature camellia. Eleven chapters compare the original forms of these enduring trademarks with their later expressions over the years and to the present day, letting the vocabulary of Chanel's style speak for itself.

Author Biography

Jerome Gautier is a journalist and fashion historian. A passionate collector of fashion magazines, he lives and works in Paris.

Review

"This elegant, beautifully designed volume features hundreds of photographs, both classic and contemporary, often shot by photographers who are themselves legendary."-Globe & Mail Globe & Mail

Product Details

Author
Jerome Gautier
Short Title
CHANEL
Publisher
Yale University Press
Language
English
ISBN-10
0300175663
ISBN-13
9780300175660
Media
Book
Format
Hardcover
Pages
304
Illustrations
Yes
Year
2011
Publication Date
2011-11-29
Subtitle
The Vocabulary of Style
Country of Publication
United States