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Chanel and Her World

By Edmonde Charles-Roux

Publisher: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., March 2005
ISBN: 0865651590
MY HERO recommends this book to adult readers.
From the Publisher
Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel (1883-1971) is a fashion icon unlike any other. She invented modern clothing for women: at the height of the Belle Époque, she stripped women of their corsets and feathers, bobbed their hair, put them in bathing suits, and sent them out to get tanned in the sun. She introduced slacks, costume jewelry, and the exquisitely comfortable suit. She made the first couture perfume-No. 5-which remains the most popular scent ever created.

In this beautiful volume, the glorious life of the incomparable Coco Chanel shines again through hundreds of illustrations and the lively prose of Edmonde Charles-Roux, her official biographer and close friend. Chanel knew and collaborated with the likes of Picasso, Diaghilev, Stravinsky, Cocteau, Jean Renoir, and Visconti-even as she matched their modernist innovations by liberating women from the prison of 19th-century fashion and introducing a whole new concept of elegance. The staggering collection of photographs amassed by the over decades of friendship with Chanel sheds new light on one of the great stories of the modern age.

Author Bio: Edmonde Charles-Roux began her journalistic career at Elle and ultimately became editor-in-chief of French Vogue. She has published three novels, among them To Forget Palermo (Oublier Palerme), which won the Prix Goncourt in 1966.

User Reviews:
| 4/18/2010 2:24 AM
a true liberator
Brittany | 4/22/2009 11:32 PM
im writing a paper for school on one of my American Hero's. I absolutly look up to Coco so much, she is such an inspiration. She lets you know that no matter the sitation, you can always make your dreams come true.
monica skinner | 12/4/2008 6:28 AM
coco chanel is my hero
pauula | 9/11/2008 7:46 AM
it is a nice book(:

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