Author: Justine Picardie
Publisher: Harper Collins
Sleek. Chic. Notoriously guarded. Welcome to the secret world of Gabrielle Chanel. The story of Chanel begins with an abandoned child, as lost as a girl in a dark fairy tale. Unveiling remarkable new details about Gabrielle Chanelās early years in a convent orphanage and her flight into unconventional adulthood, Justine Picardie explores what lies beneath the glossy surface of a mythic fashion icon. 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. An authoritative account, based on personal observations and interviews with Chanelās last surviving friends, employees and relatives, it also unravels her coded language and symbols, and traces the influence of her formative years on her legendary style. Feared and revered by the rest of the fashion industry, Coco Chanel died in 1971 at the age of eighty-seven, but her legacy lives on. Drawing on unprecedented research, Justine Picardie brings her fascinating, enigmatic subject out of hiding and uncovers the consequences of what Chanel covered up, unpicking the seams between truth and myth in a story that reveals the true heart of fashion.
Author: Justine Picardie
Publisher: Harper Collins
Sleek. Chic. Notoriously guarded. Welcome to the secret world of Gabrielle Chanel. The story of Chanel begins with an abandoned child, as lost as a girl in a dark fairy tale. Unveiling remarkable new details about Gabrielle Chanel's early years in a convent orphanage, and her flight into unconventional adulthood, Justine Picardie explores what lies beneath the glossy surface of a mythic fashion icon. 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. An authoritative account, based on personal observations and interviews with Chanel's last surviving friends, employees, and relatives, it also unravels her coded language and symbols, and traces the influence of her formative years on her legendary style. Feared and revered by the rest of the fashion industry, Coco Chanel died in 1971 at the age of eighty-seven. But her legacy lives on. Justine Picardie brings Gabrielle Chanel out of hiding and uncovers the consequences of what Chanel covered up, unpicking the seams between truth and myth in a story that reveals the true heart of fashion.
Author: Justine Picardie
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 full-scale biography we finally discover the history of the incredible woman who created the way we look now.
Author: Lisa Chaney
The controversial story of Chanel, the twentieth century's foremost fashion icon. Revolutionizing women's dress, Gabrielle "Coco'' Chanel was the twentieth century's most influential designer. Her extraordinary and unconventional journey-from abject poverty to a new kind of glamour- helped forge the idea of modern woman. Unearthing an astonishing life, this remarkable biography shows how, more than any previous designer, Chanel became synonymous with a rebellious and progressive style. Her numerous liaisons, whose poignant and tragic details have eluded all previous biographers, were the very stuff of legend. Witty and mesmerizing, she became muse, patron, or mistress to the century's most celebrated artists, including Picasso, DalĆ, and Stravinsky. Drawing on newly discovered love letters and other records, Chaney's controversial book reveals the truth about Chanel's drug habit and lesbian affairs. And the question about Chanel's German lover during World War II (was he a spy for the Nazis?) is definitively answered. While uniquely highlighting the designer's far-reaching influence on the modern arts, Chaney's fascinating biography paints a deeper and darker picture of Coco Chanel than any so far. Movingly, it explores the origins, the creative power, and the secret suffering of this exceptional and often misread woman.
Author: Hal Vaughan
This explosive narrative reveals for the first time the shocking hidden years of Coco Chanel's life: her collaboration with the Nazis in Paris, her affair with a master spy, and her work for the German military intelligence service and Himmler's SS. Gabrielle āCocoā Chanel was the high priestess of couture who created the look of the modern woman. By the 1920s she had amassed a fortune and went on to create an empire. But her life from 1941 to 1954 has long been shrouded in rumor and mystery, never clarified by Chanel or her many biographers. Hal Vaughan exposes the truth of her wartime collaboration and her long affair with the playboy Baron Hans GĆ¼nther von Dincklageāwho ran a spy ring and reported directly to Goebbels. Vaughan pieces together how Chanel became a Nazi agent, how she escaped arrest after the war and joined her lover in exile in Switzerland, and howādespite suspicions about her pastāshe was able to return to Paris at age seventy and rebuild the iconic House of Chanel.
Author: Rhonda K. Garelick
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
"Drawing on the Chanel archives, extensive interviews, and her own background as an author with a Yale PhD in French and comparative literature who covers fashion, performance, art, and cultural politics, Garelick shows how Coco Chanel's fashions reflected the historical and cultural crosscurrents around her"--Library Journal.
Author: Laura Murciello
Publisher: Hyperink Inc
Coco Chanel is best known for her contributions to the design and fashion industry. The famous French designer is believed to be the inventor of the little black dress and for instigating the notion that tanned skin is beautiful. Her designs changed the way we approached the female form, and Hollywood stars would fly her from Paris to Los Angeles just to have a red carpet dress designed. While introducing the world to radical fashion industry transformations, she spent most of her time socializing with the Elite of Parisian and British society. As we know her today, Coco Chanel is the French goddess who has bestowed us with perfumes, designs and the legendary Chanel Suit. Her public statements are often quote by those in the fashion industry who place emphasis on elegance, and those in the business world who strive to succeed. Her designs continue to sell today, and she now has a well-established line of beauty and perfume products. Ever the intellectual, her modernist thoughts have gained her worldwide recognition, even after her death in 1971. Although Coco is best known to us for re-inventing style, her life has not been without its controversies. Far from being a mere woman of elegance, Chanel has a hidden past. By digging beneath the surface, it is clear to see she was just as well known for her drug addiction, affairs with members of the British elite and allegiance with anti-Semitic Nazis. On several occasions she evaded facing international war trials, thanks to her connections in high places.
Author: Edmonde Charles-Roux
Publisher: Harvill Press
Coco Chanel was a legend who revolutionised the way women looked. She became the single most important arbiter of fashion and taste in the 20th century. Just her name was sufficient to convey prestige, quality and unmistakable style. The Duke of Westminster wooed her, Stravinsky played for her and Goldwyn enticed her to Hollywood. She knew everybody who was anybody in the world of the arts from Picasso and Cocteau to Marlene Dietrich and Ingrid Bergman. She designed frankly fake jewellery, introduced the basic 'little black dress' and perfumed the world with her No. 5. However, as this remarkable biography shows, there was a mass of contradictions behind the myth of 'Mademoiselle'. Chanel follows her story from her upbringing in provincial Auvergne through her first successes in the 1920s to her comeback in the 1950s and 1960s. Edmond Charles-Roux's book is definitive as history and immensely entertaining as gossip.
Author: Karen Karbo
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
Delving into the extraordinary life of renowned French fashion designer Coco Chanel, Karen Karbo has written a new kind of self-help book, exploring Chanel's philosophy on a range of universal themesāfrom style to passion, from money and success to femininity and living life on your own terms.
Author: Justine Picardie
"When I think about her now, which is most of the time, it's like rewinding a silent film in my head: I see the crucial scenes in our lives together. But what I can't hear is her voice in my head, and that silence is driving me crazy." After her sister Ruth's death from breast cancer in September 1997, Justine Picardie was desperate to speak to her again, to hear her voice, to find something - anything - that might fill the space she had left behind. Over the course of the next year, Justine's search for Ruth lead her into the underworld of spiritualism, through a series of encounters with mediums and psychics who believe that we can communicate with those we have lost. If the Spirit Moves You is Justine's remarkable story about her search for the afterlife in an age of reason, scepticism and science. Powerfully moving, both heart-breaking and funny, it is an extraordinary book about the exhausting journey of grief and the enduring power of love.
Author: David Right
COCO CHANEL BOOK ON KINDLEThŠµ brŠ°nd ChŠ°nŠµl is knŠ¾wn Š°nd loved bŃ people Š¾f Š°ll age grŠ¾uŃŃ ŃinŃŠµ a vŠµrŃ lŠ¾ng timŠµ. SinŃŠµ thŠµ vŠµrŃ inŃŠµŃtiŠ¾n Š¾f the brŠ°nd, Chanel hŠ°Ń bŠµŠµn Š¾nŠµ Š¾f thŠµ most ŃŠ¾ught after fŠ°ŃhiŠ¾n houses Š¾f thŠµ wŠ¾rld, Š°nd is more Š¾r less like the lŠµŠ°dŠµr in thŠµ fashion wŠ¾rld. FrŠ¾m ŠµŃtŠ°bliŃhŠµd fŠ°ŃhiŠ¾n dŠµŃignŠµrŃ tŠ¾ thŠµ girl nŠµxt dŠ¾Š¾r who juŃt likŠµŃ to drŠµŃŃ uŃ her ŃrŠµttiŠµŃt bŠµŃt, everyone hŠ°Ń some Š¾r the Š¾thŠµr ŃŠ¾nnŠµŃtiŠ¾n to ChŠ°nŠµl. They all fŠ¾llŠ¾w Chanel, lŠµŠ°rn from Chanel, Š°nd tŠ°kŠµ inŃŃirŠ°tiŠ¾n from Chanel in a way or the Š¾thŠµr. TŠ¾dŠ°Ń, Chanel iŃ nŠ¾t Š¾nlŃ a name thŠ°t ŃignifiŠµŃ ŃlŠ°ŃŃ, ŃŠµrfŠµŃtiŠ¾n, ŃtŃlŠµ, ŠµlŠµgŠ°nŃŠµ Š°nd divine, ŃurŠµ Š°nd ŠµlitŠµ fashion, but it is in fŠ°Ńt thŠµ Š¾utŃŠ¾mŠµ Š¾f a fŠ°ŃhiŠ¾n revolution started bŃ CŠ¾ŃŠ¾ Chanel, the dŠµŃignŠµr whŠ¾ ŃhŠ°ngŠµd thŠµ way fŠ°ŃhiŠ¾n dŠµŃignŠµrŃ thŠ¾ught Š°nd executed their idŠµŠ°Ń. In 1957, Coco ChŠ°nŠµl proved to bŠµ thŠµ ŌuŠµŠµn Š¾f thŠµ fashion wŠ¾rld whŠµn she bŠµŃŠ°mŠµ thŠµ recipient of the NŠµimŠ°n Marcus Fashion Award. ChŠ°nŠµl''Ń grŠµŠ°tŠµŃt ŃrŠµŠ°tiŠ¾nŃ Š°rŠµ considered to be hŠµr ŃlŠ°ŃŃiŃ Chanel 2.55 hŠ°ndbŠ°g and ŃŠ¾mŠµ frŠ°grŠ°nŃŠµŃ and ŃlŠ¾thŠµŃ which were her brŠ°inŃhildrŠµn. ThŠµ ChŠ°nŠµl 2.55 hŠ°ndbŠ°g rŠµvŠ¾lutiŠ¾n-Š°lizŠµd the way handbags wŠµrŠµ dŠµŃignŠµd fŠ¾r wŠ¾mŠµn Š°nd ChŠ°nŠµl was thŠµ firŃt tŠ¾ ŃrŠ¾ŃŠ¾ŃŠµ thŠµ idea thŠ°t handbags ŃhŠ¾uld be made in such a way thŠ°t thŠµŃ frŠµŠµ women''s hŠ°ndŃ, and Š°rŠµ ŃŠ¾mfŠ¾rtŠ°blŠµ to ŃŠ°rrŃ. Plus, the variety thŠ°t ŃhŠµ brought in with thŠµ diffŠµrŠµnt ŃizŠµŃ mŠµŠ°nt thŠ°t wŠ¾mŠµn Š¾f all kindŃ ŃŠ¾uld carry these bŠ°gŃ Š¾n all sorts Š¾f Š¾ŃŃŠ°ŃiŠ¾nŃ, whether thŠµŃ Š°rŠµ formal or ŃŠ°ŃuŠ°l. From its initiŠ°l dŠ°ŃŃ tŠ¾ the ŃrŠµŃŠµnt timŠµŃ, ChŠ°nŠµl hŠ°Ń come a lŠ¾ng way, adding more Š°nd mŠ¾rŠµ fŠµŠ°thŠµrŃ to its hat. A number Š¾f ŃŠµlŠµbritiŠµŃ hŠ°vŠµ bŠµŠµn spotted Š¾vŠµr thŠµ ŃŠµŠ°rŃ carrying ChŠ°nŠµl bŠ°gŃ or wŠ°lking down the rŠ°mŃ for ChŠ°nŠµl fŠ°ŃhiŠ¾n shows. MŠ¾rŠµ ŃŠµlŠµbritiŠµŃ have bŠµŠµn ŃŠ°rt Š¾f thŠµ Š°d ŃŠ°mŃŠ°ignŃ that hŠ°vŠµ bŠµŠµn brŠ¾ught Š¾ut by ChŠ°nŠµl fŠ¾r thŠµir ŃlŠ¾thŠµŃ and fragrances. TABLE OF CONTENTSCHAPTER 1- THE BIOGRAPHY OF COCO CHANNELCHAPTER 2- COCO CHANNEL SECRETS TO CLASSIC INFLUENCECHAPTER 3- COCO CHANEL AND THE HOUSE OF CHANELCHAPTER 4- COCO CHANEL INVENTIONS THAT CHANGED THE FASHION WORLDCHAPTER 5- THINGS YOU DID NOT KNOW ABOUT COCO CHANELCHAPTER 6- CONCLUSION
Author: C. W. Gortner
Publisher: Harper Collins
For readers of The Paris Wife and Z comes this vivid novel full of drama, passion, tragedy, and beauty that stunningly imagines the life of iconic fashion designer Coco Chanelāthe ambitious, gifted laundrywomanās daughter who revolutionized fashion, built an international empire, and become one of the most influential and controversial figures of the twentieth century. Born into rural poverty, Gabrielle Chanel and her siblings are sent to orphanage after their motherās death. The sisters nurture Gabrielleās exceptional sewing skills, a talent that will propel the willful young woman into a life far removed from the drudgery of her childhood. Transforming herself into Cocoāa seamstress and sometime torch singerāthe petite brunette burns with ambition, an incandescence that draws a wealthy gentleman who will become the love of her life. She immerses herself in his world of money and luxury, discovering a freedom that sparks her creativity. But it is only when her lover takes her to Paris that Coco discovers her destiny. Rejecting the frilly, corseted silhouette of the past, her sleek, minimalist styles reflect the youthful ease and confidence of the 1920s modern woman. As Cocoās reputation spreads, her couturier business explodes, taking her into rarefied society circles and bohemian salons. But her fame and fortune cannot save her from heartbreak as the years pass. And when Paris falls to the Nazis, Coco is forced to make choices that will haunt her. An enthralling novel of an extraordinary woman who created the life she desired, Mademoiselle Chanel explores the inner world of a woman of staggering ambition whose strength, passion and artistic vision would become her trademark.
Author: Linda Simon
Publisher: Reaktion Books
The name Chanel brings immediately to mind the signature scent of No. 5 and the understated but sophisticated glamour of a simple black dress and pearls. But to consider Gabrielle āCocoā Chanel (1883ā1971) as simply a fashion designer fails to capture her social and cultural significance. As Linda Simon reveals in this biography, Chanel was an iconoclastic entrepreneur who rebelled against and manipulated gender expectations of her time. With her menswear-inspired designs, her loose jersey sweaters belted jauntily at the waist, and her svelte, unadorned gowns, Chanel changed womenās silhouettes, and she became known as a champion of womenās freedom. Chanel not only changed the shape of womenās clothing, but the narrative of womenās lives in the early twentieth century. From her very first hat shop until her death, Chanel sold more than fashionāshe sold a myth that became as attractive for many women as her coveted outfits. Simon here teases apart that myth to explore its contradictionsāChanel was a self-proclaimed recluse who emerged as one of the most spectacular personalities of her time; she was a brilliant businesswoman who signed away ninety percent of her company; and she was a genius who claimed she was nothing more than an artisan. In this insightful book, Simon examines the world both reflected and shaped by Chanel, setting her life and work within the context of womenās history in France and America from the Roaring Twenties to the profound social changes of the 1960s. Drawing upon rich archival sources, Simonās lively book is a clear-eyed look at a woman whose influence and legend transcend the world of fashion.
Author: Paul Morand
Publisher: Pushkin Press
Coco Chanel invited Paul Morand to visit her in St Moritz at the end of the Second World War when he was given the opportunity to write her memoirs; his notes of their conversations were put away in a drawer and only came to light one year after Chanel's death. Through Morand's transcription of their conversations, Chanel tells us about her friendship with Misia Sert, the men in her life - Boy Capel, the Duke of Westminster, artists such as Diaghilev, her philosophy of fashion and the story behind the legendary Number 5 perfume...The memories of Chanel told in her own words provide vivid sketches and portray the strength of Coco's character, leaving us with an extraordinary insight into Chanel the woman and the woman who created Chanel.