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Coco Chanel

Justine Picardie


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PUBLISHED: 7th July 2011
ISBN: 9780007318995
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Justine Picardie spent years puzzling over the truth about Coco Chanel, peeling away the accretions of romance and lies. Since its publication in 2010, hers has become the definitive Chanel biography. With a new foreword and previously unseen images, this new edition delves even deeper into the life and legacy of this eternally alluring woman.
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  • Paperback
    $22.12
PUBLISHED: 7th July 2011
ISBN: 9780007318995
ANNOTATION:
Justine Picardie spent years puzzling over the truth about Coco Chanel, peeling away the accretions of romance and lies. Since its publication in 2010, hers has become the definitive Chanel biography. With a new foreword and previously unseen images, this new edition delves even deeper into the life and legacy of this eternally alluring woman.

Annotation

Justine Picardie spent years puzzling over the truth about Coco Chanel, peeling away the accretions of romance and lies. Since its publication in 2010, hers has become the definitive Chanel biography. With a new foreword and previously unseen images, this new edition delves even deeper into the life and legacy of this eternally alluring woman.

Publisher Description

Justine Picardie spent years puzzling over the truth about Coco Chanel, peeling away the accretions of romance and lies. Since its publication in 2010, hers has become the definitive Chanel biography. With a new foreword and previously unseen images, this new edition delves even deeper into the life and legacy of this eternally alluring woman.

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.

Author Biography

Justine Picardie is the author of five books, including her critically acclaimed memoir, `If the Spirit Moves You', and has also contributed short stories and essays to several anthologies and books on fashion and photography. Formerly a journalist for the Sunday Times, features director of Vogue, editor of the Observer magazine, and a columnist for the Telegraph, she is now the editor-in-chief of Harper's Bazaar and Town & Country.

Review

`Gripping... In the deftest prose, Picardie plots one of the most extraordinary 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

      `Fascinating. Chanel was a tragic figure of almost Shakespearean aspect - hugely successful, fiercely strong-willed, yet fatally flawed and eventually filled with regret.' Sunday Times

      `The French fashion icon finds a shrewd and sympathetic interpreter in Justine Picardie... this handsome volume cleverly blends the life and afterlife of the enigma who became a brand.' The Independent

      `Justine Picardie's vividly told account of Coco Chanel's life has all the elements of a novel: the mystery, the sense of loss, the quest for fame and fortune, the distinguished lovers... in the style of Chanel herself.' Daily Mail

      `[An] elegant book...The Chanel uncovered by Picardie is a storyteller [who] spun her own myth... Coco has, in these pages, come out of hiding.' The Telegraph

      `A detailed and captivating read' Red Magazine

      `A brilliant biography' Grazia

      `Picardie sheds new light on the intensely private designer... Impressive' Stylist Magazine

      `The darker facets [of Chanel] are subtly and carefully revealed by Justine Picardie.' Wall Street Journal

      `Justine Picardie sheds new light on the darker truths behind the glossy myth... Guaranteed to be the most well-read accessory at London Fashion Week.' Daily Express

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

Prizes

Short-listed for Galaxy National Book Awards: Tesco Biography of the Year 2010

Product Details

Author
Justine Picardie
ISBN-10
0007318995
ISBN-13
9780007318995
Media
Book
Year
2011
Publisher
HarperCollins Publishers
Subtitle
The Legend and the Life
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Illustrations
200 col illus
Short Title
COCO CHANEL
Language
English
Residence
London, ENK
Pages
368
Publication Date
2011-07-07
Format
Paperback