Coco Chanel

The Legend and the Life

Author: Justine Picardie

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0062273825

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 352

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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. 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.
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Coco Chanel

The Legend and the Life

Author: Justine Picardie

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0061963852

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 352

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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.
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Coco Chanel

The Legend and the Life

Author: Justine Picardie

Publisher: Harper

ISBN: 9780007319046

Category: Art

Page: 330

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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.
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Coco Chanel

An Intimate Life

Author: Lisa Chaney

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101545860

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 464

View: 2945

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, Dalí, 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.
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Chanel

Author: Edmonde Charles-Roux

Publisher: Harvill Press

ISBN: 9781860460562

Category: Costume designers

Page: 380

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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.
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Coco Chanel: Biography of the World's Most Elegant Woman

Learn about the life and adventures of Coco Chanel

Author: Laura Murciello

Publisher: Hyperink Inc

ISBN: 1614645027

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 35

View: 8263

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.
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Sleeping with the Enemy

Coco Chanel's Secret War

Author: Hal Vaughan

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 0307475913

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 313

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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 “Coco” 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 Günther von Dincklage—who 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 how—despite suspicions about her past—she was able to return to Paris at age seventy and rebuild the iconic House of Chanel.
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Mademoiselle

Coco Chanel and the Pulse of History

Author: Rhonda K. Garelick

Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks

ISBN: 0812981855

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 608

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"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.
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Coco Chanel

A Biography

Author: Axel Madsen

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing UK

ISBN: 9781408805817

Category: Costume designers

Page: 388

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Coco Chanel's genius for fashion may have been distilled in simplicity, but her life was an extravaganza. A brilliant array of luminaries fell under her spell - Picasso, Churchill, Cocteau; lovers included the Grand Duke Dmitri; the English roué, Boy Capel; a French poet; a German spy and the Duke of Westminster, who offered to leave his wife for her permanently, if she would only bear him an heir. Paradoxically, though she might have been regarded in some lights as a pioneering feminist - sacrificing marriage to a revolutionary career in couture - Chanel was utterly baffled by the idea of women's politics. Educated women? 'A woman's education consists of two lessons: never leave the house without stockings, never go out without a hat.' Chanel's rise from penniless orphan to millionaire designer - 'inventing' sportswear, the little black dress and No. 5 - makes compelling reading, not least because she was inclined to design her own life as deftly as she did her fashions. Axel Madsen negotiates Chanel's smoke screens with skill, bringing this tantalizing woman to life in all her alluring complexity.
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Gospel According to Coco Chanel

Life Lessons From The World’S Most Elegant Woman

Author: Karen Karbo

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 0762774851

Category: Self-Help

Page: 256

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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 themes—from style to passion, from money and success to femininity and living life on your own terms.
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If The Spirit Moves You

Author: Justine Picardie

Publisher: Picador

ISBN: 1743538707

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 208

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"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.
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The World of Coco Chanel

Friends, Fashion, Fame

Author: Edmonde Charles-Roux

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780500512166

Category: Fashion designers

Page: 384

View: 8783

Gabrielle 'Coco' Chanel is an icon of fashion, and can lay claim to having invented the look of the 20th century. At the height of the Belle Epoque, 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 the little black dress; trousers for women; costume jewelry; the exquisitely comfortable suit that became her trademark. Early in the Roaring Twenties, Chanel made the first ever couture perfume - No. 5 - presenting it in the famous little square-cut flagon that, inspired by Picasso and Cubism, became the arch symbol of the Art Deco style. No. 5 remains the most popular scent ever created. Chanel knew instinctively that the road to success lay in being absolutely at one with her own time. And what a time The era of Picasso, Diaghilev, Stravinsky, Cocteau, Jean Renoir, Visconti - all of whom 'Coco' knew and collaborated with, even as she matched their modernist innovations by liberating women from the prison of 19th-century fashion and creating a whole new concept of elegance. volume clearly shows, her life and accomplishment - even her chronic failure in love - constitute one of the great stories of the modern age. Her life is eminently suited to the lavish visual treatment of this handsome volume, which features more than 600 illustrations from an extraordinary collection amassed over the years by Edmonde Charles-Roux, Chanel's official biographer and close friend. An authoritative and practised writer, Charles-Roux has used careful research and vivid eyewitness accounts to set the pictures in their context of time and place. She makes Chanel live again
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Mademoiselle Chanel

A Novel

Author: C. W. Gortner

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0062356445

Category: Fiction

Page: 432

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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 Chanel—the ambitious, gifted laundrywoman’s 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 mother’s death. The sisters nurture Gabrielle’s 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 Coco—a seamstress and sometime torch singer—the 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 Coco’s 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.
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The Allure of Chanel

Author: Paul Morand

Publisher: Pushkin Press

ISBN: 1782270574

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 184

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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.
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The Secret of Chanel No. 5

The Intimate History of the World's Most Famous Perfume

Author: Tilar J. Mazzeo

Publisher: Harper

ISBN: 9780061791017

Category: History

Page: 304

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The unauthorized biography of the world's most famous, seductive, and successful perfume With its rich golden hue, art deco–inspired bottle, and timeless, musky scent, Chanel No. 5 is the world's bestselling perfume. Reverently known among industry insiders as le monstre—the monster—it is arguably the most coveted consumer luxury product of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Yet how did this pioneering celebrity fragrance, introduced in the early 1920s, eventually take on a life of its own, becoming a cultural monument celebrated by millions of devoted consumers? The Secret of Chanel No. 5 is Tilar J. Mazzeo's far-ranging and fascinating search beyond the stuff of legend to uncover the full story of No. 5's creation, iconic status, and extraordinary success. Mazzeo goes back through time and deep into the life of Coco Chanel, the brilliant, controversial, and steel-willed businesswoman at the heart of the fragrance. She takes readers to the rose plantations and celebrated jasmine fields where the perfume begins and then to the laboratories and boardrooms where scent and sex are forever intertwined. And she travels to the heart of the Chanel empire: 31 Rue Cambon, Coco Chanel's flagship boutique, where six decades ago American GIs stormed the counters to possess the magical elixir that captured the luxury and romance of Paris for their girls back home. A blend of evocative history and thoughtful research, here is a glittering account of where art and sensuality mingle with dazzling entrepreneurship and desire: Chanel No. 5.
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Coco Chanel

The Illustrated World of a Fashion Icon

Author: Megan Hess

Publisher: Rizzoli Publications

ISBN: 174379066X

Category: Design

Page: 208

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Fashion is ever-changing, influenced by the key designers that capture a moment in history; and Coco Chanel is arguably the most significant influence on women's fashion in the twentieth century.Coco's World is a compilation of Megan Hess' stunning illustrations of the 100 most quintessential moments through Chanel's history, from Coco's incredible life, to the impact of Karl Lagerfeld on the company and the incredible items that have become iconic of the brand – the little black dress, the luxurious bags and accessories, glamorous jewellery and of course the renowned Chanel No 5 perfume. Interspersed with historical anecdotes and famous quotes from Coco herself, Karl Lagerfeld and other key fashion icons of the era, this book is an elegant and immersive introduction to the moments that shaped Coco and the iconic Chanel brand – and how fashion, in turn, shaped their lives.
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Intimate Chanel

Author: Isabelle Fiemeyer,Gabrielle Palasse-Labrunie,Francis Hammond

Publisher: Flammarion-Pere Castor

ISBN: 9782080301628

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 206

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Shares personal memories of Coco Chanel, revealing who she really was: a Chanel who was very different from her public persona.
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The Art of Success

How Extraordinary Artists Can Help You Succeed in Business and Life

Author: Miss Cassandra Gaisford

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780994131454

Category:

Page: 256

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Define Success On Your Own Terms. Overcome Seemingly Insurmountable Obstacles Being successful is not just about money. It's also about health, happiness, close relationships, doing something meaningful and enjoying life's journey. Self-doubt, fear of failure, the need for approval, low self-esteem, lack of confidence, perfectionism, overwhelm, feeling unsupported, financial worries and other increasingly difficult and seemingly insurmountable obstacles can stop you from achieving success. When you're experiencing these things, it can feel like you're failing and alone. But in truth, they are part of the success process, and every successful person, including Leonardo da Vinci experiences challenging setbacks too. Master the art of success. Be inspired by success stories of extraordinary artists like Leonardo da Vinci. Find your beauty spot and harness the transformational energy zone where creativity, science and commerce intersect. Amazon #1 bestselling author and success expert Cassandra Gaisford (BCA, Dip Psych) provides simple but powerful and easy to implement steps to achieve authentic success. Based on survey research, personal achievements and her professional expertise and success as an award-winning artist, best selling author and holistic psychologist, Gaisford answers the question: how to create a happier life and succeed more. In "The Art of Success: How Extraordinary Artists Can Help You Succeed in Business and Life," you'll learn: How to set and achieve exciting and audacious goals How to define success on your own terms, find your truth, gain your freedom and live an authentic life Why successful people like Leonardo work with passion and purpose How to identify your REAL priorities How to challenge and redefine the way you think about success How to overcome blocks, including fear-of failure, of success, of change, of criticism or imperfection-and shift ingrained, sabotaging beliefs by tapping into the realms where science meets spirituality How to overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles, including lack of finances, procrastination and low self-esteem How to broaden your mind to a holistic perspective on achievement How to super-charge the confidence needed to make an inspired change How to empower and improve your business and personal life How to follow your passion and still pay the bills How to unravel Leonardo's secrets to success and crack the da Vinci code BONUS: Find Your Passion Workbook Think of "The Art of Success: How Extraordinary Artists Can Help You Succeed in Business and Life" as triumphing in the war of art... for yourself. If you're short on time but high on motivation, then this is the book that will cheerlead, support, encourage and inspire you to move you toward success. Master the eight principles of success including the importance of: Embracing the call for success Empowering your success Empowering your vision Empowering your spirit Empowering your mind Empowering your body Empowering your relationships Empowering your work Quit just existing, follow your dreams and start really succeeding! Quicken your spirit, pull back the covers of your soul and open the door to a more authentic and vital you. Pick up your copy today by clicking the BUY NOW button above.
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Culture Chanel

The Woman Who Reads

Author: Jean-Louis Froment

Publisher: Harry N. Abrams

ISBN: 9781419729362

Category: Design

Page: 396

View: 9863

Gabrielle Chanel was a friend of the greatest poets, writers, musicians, and artists of her time, as well as an avid reader who found inspiration in literature and poetry. Throughout the famous couturi�re's life, the works of Plato, Saint Augustine, Shakespeare, Alexandre Pouchkine, Honor� de Balzac, Gustave Flaubert, Thomas Mann, Pierre Reverdy, Max Jacob, Jean Cocteau, and more played a significant role in nurturing her imagination. In CULTURE CHANEL: The Woman Who Reads, author and curator Jean-Louis Froment highlights connections between texts, photographs, paintings, drawings, jewelry, perfume, and clothing designs, revealing an aesthetic language--which can be seen throughout Chanel's many enduring contributions to the fashion world--in the light of the written words that shaped her life.
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