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Coco Chanel was stunningly independent, beautifully feminine, and irresistibly desirable to men; most important, she was never afraid to be herself. No single designer has had as tremendous a hold on style as Chanel. Her vision produced the look that women want today. This book reveals why the impact of Chanel is felt generation after generation. A pioneer in an industry dCoco Chanel was stunningly independent, beautifully feminine, and irresistibly desirable to men; most important, she was never afraid to be herself. No single designer has had as tremendous a hold on style as Chanel. Her vision produced the look that women want today. This book reveals why the impact of Chanel is felt generation after generation. A pioneer in an industry dominated by men, she turned her style into the revolutionary chic that set her fashion apart. Borrowing copiously from the wardrobes of her illustrious lovers (among them the Duke of Westminster and the Grand Duke Dimitri of Russia), Chanel took trousers, tweeds, riding clothes, cuff links, and even neckties, and cleverly transformed them into elegant women's wear. Readers will devour all the delectable stories behind such Chanel trademarks as fabulous fake pearls, minimalist hats, comfortable and beautifully structured suits, and legendary perfumes, and will marvel at more than 150 photographs and illustrations....

Title : Chanel: Her Style and Her Life
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ISBN : 9780385488723
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 180 Pages
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Chanel: Her Style and Her Life Reviews

  • Julie
    2019-02-06 13:47

    I enjoyed this book, although i obviously had heard of Chanel, i did not know that much about her, this book did not go too much into personel detail which would have been interesting it seemed to skim over it a bit. However the book was filled with pictures of her designs and i can see why she was such a great success, the designs of the 20's would not be out of place now they are timeless and the cut and the material just fantastic, you can see the little touches that Chanel added turning up in modern day life, and the influences she has had on famous people, Madonna and the wearing of big bows in her hair in the 80's, Lady Di wearing her string of long pearls backwards all done by Chanel, who was not just a designer but a personality as well, she had tragedy in her love life and never married but took many rich lovers. After the war she fell out of favour because she took a rich German lover and obviously did not suffer with the German occupation as did the rest of the French population. she had to start again and work her way up which she did. It was fascinating to know that although she was the owner of one of the most iconic and popular perfumes to this day, she did not make any money from it and only had 10% of the profit and the name, the rest going to her partners, this was settled years later when she received a sizable sum and was recognized. The photos and sketches of her designs right up to the 70's are included in this book and she seemed to know exactly what women would like to wear and also to think of the comfort angle and wearability factor too. She died in 1971 aged 88 but her designs are timeless and you still see the " little black dress" the braided jackets and the quilted handbags and pyjama pants making regular appearances in fashion magazines

  • Miss
    2019-02-13 14:59

    This book was poorly written and dry as cardboard. The illustrations were in black and white- even though this is a book on fashion and colour is essential to it- and placed randomly and irregularly throughout the book, not matching at all with their surrounding text. The text conveyed no actual sense of Chanel as a person, and was actually insulting to her in several places. I hope that Janet Wallach never decides to write another biography. She presumes too much, and respects Chanel too little. And that is not a good combination for a biography.

  • Karima
    2019-02-12 19:45

    Disappointing. Offers little more than a chronological list of Chenel's lovers and accomplishments. No inner workings. What made little Gabrielle Chanel tick? This book won't tell you. Saving grace are the books' illustrations/photos.

  • Nell
    2019-01-22 11:50

    This was closer to a profile than an in-depth biography, but it gave me as much as I wanted to know at this point. We had just seen Coco Before Chanel and I was interested in Chanel's life. The book contains many illustrations of Chanel's style and shows how it evolved.

  • Shannon
    2019-02-04 15:49

    One of the most poorly written and edited "biographies" I've read. Poorly laid out with uninteresting and jumbled text, only the pictures and design illustrations make this book worth picking up.

  • Terri
    2019-01-20 14:49

    Gabrielle (Coco) Chanel intrigued me after I watched the Lifetime movie starring Shirley MacLaine. Turns out, that was only the tip of the iceberg of her life. She was much more intersting, flamboyant and determined than the movie made it seem. Her world included rich and powerful people, influence and incredible artists.And her fashions defined simple elegance in a way that no other designer has. And above all, her clothes were FUNCTIONAL. Something many designers never seem to understand. That is why she endured.The book is a fascinating read. And the photos and illustrations are wonderful.

  • Leah
    2019-02-08 18:03

    This book was given to me as a gift from someone who thought I was very much into fashion. It was entertaining enough, but not very well written. I liken the experience to being unable to pass up reading the covers of the celeb rags at the grocery store check-out. I wasn't too interested in reading the book in the first place, but Chanel IS an iconic figure of fashion and I couldn't resist the temptation to dive into that world however briefly.

  • Eva
    2019-01-22 18:53

    after read this book, I feel disgusting about my feeling towards Coco Chanel. it's really disturbing, coz I really like her design (design is ones personality, right?). after I read review from others then I understood that Janet Wallach succeed drove my opinion into darkness :p the positive of Chanel from this book that I've got is she was a loveable person, friendly, generous, and loyal.

  • Maria del Pilar
    2019-02-11 13:14

    About the different views: writing an own biography and having it written by someone else.A person going from nothing to everything.A woman with male reassurance to sustain her in her private life.

  • carmen i.
    2019-01-29 15:55

    Short, concise and easy to read. Photos compliment prose beautifully. Not my favorite biography, though. It's closer to a well researched profile than a carefully crafted biography. Lacks overall depth.

  • Deb
    2019-02-01 15:01

    I've reAd a lot of Chanel books and I actually learned a few new things from this book.. Excellent writing.

  • Liz
    2019-02-07 19:11

    I can appreciate the motivation and hard work she put forth to build her empire. She transformed herself from the girl next door to a mega mougul and fought every step of the way.

  • Patty
    2019-02-15 13:10

    Interesting bio on an exceptional woman.

  • Paige
    2019-02-13 18:54

    Coco Chanel is one of my favorite designers and have been wanted to read more about her for awhile now. The book was good, very detailed and told the story of a talented, unforgettable woman.

  • Clearym
    2019-01-24 16:13

    short biography. great pictures

  • reneeNaDaBomb
    2019-02-16 17:53

    I borrowed this hardcopy from the local library. The pictures are all noteworthy in black & white which adds to the time period Gabriela Chanel was born. She worked hard, lived even harder, and loved a few rich/charming individuals.