In Coco Chanel, Justine Picardie peels away the layers of romance and myth surrounding the legend of Coco Chanel, revealing the true history of the incredible. Coco Chanel is brought out of hiding, says Frances Wilson, as she admires Justine Picardie’s new biography of the elusive designer. COCO CHANEL is a lot of things to a lot people. For Justine Picardie, author of the new book Coco Chanel, The Legend and The Life which.

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The story of Chanel begins with an abandoned child, as lost as a girl in a dark fairy tale. 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. Feared and revered by the rest of the fashion industry, Coco Chanel died in 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.

In the deftest prose, Picardie lots one of the most extr4aordinary lives of the 20th Century. Wonderful photos and illustrations.

The author of five books, including her critically acclaimed memoir, If the Spirit Moves Youand the novel DaphneJustine Picardie is the former features director of British Vogue and editor of the Observer magazine. She lives in London with her two sons. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? Welcome to the secret world of Gabrielle Chanel.

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Justine Picardie is a great writer. I have read ALL the Coco books and this one is the best to me. She is able to tell Coco’s story without embellishing but using several different sources for each stage of her life and deducting the most likely occurrence In this elegant book Justine Picardie writes about the life and character of Coco Chanel.

Chanel liberated women from the constrains of the corset and introduced more practical women’s clothing boyish sportswear, suits, and unisex pants in justien early twentieth century. However, it was the Little Black Dress that was her most groundbreaking fashion statement when it first made an appearance in They were lovers for several years.

It was the Grand Duke who introduced her to the former perfumer to the Tsars and former Russian subject canel Ernest Beaux a truly remarkable German-French-Russian character who fled from Russia to France after the Revolution.

He created picsrdie famous scent of Chanel 5 in She knew Winston Churchill personally and was a lover of the Duke of Westminster. Chanel was a driven woman, who at first used fashion to make her way onto the Parisian high society, or even to attract the aristocratic men. But nothing functions as a means unless we engage fhanel it as an end. The book would have benefited from the overview of fashion industry and the role of the House of Chanel in it.

What are the main driving forces, who are the main chamel The book is smartly divided into small portions; each chapter is short and logical.

The illustrations are luscious. This is a well-researched study – the author seems to have dipped into every possible source, from the records of Paris police to the Churchill archives. Coco Chanel made it a goal in life to create mystery and drama around her past.


She would tell one person one age and then tell another something else. What Picardie has achieved is a comprehensive and in-depth gathering of the different tidbits of Chanel’s life and brought it together in a spectacular biography. She will include several different versions of an event so the reader will have a fully-rounded idea of what happened.

My only con to this biography is that sometimes it goes in-depth about other people in Chanel’s life to the point of being dull.

We want to read about Chanel, not anyone else. Overall, great read, almost like a novel, and if you’re a fan of Chanel you’re sure to enjoy. Coco Chanel really did lead an interesting life. This book, however, doesn’t make it seem interesting. I felt that reading this was a task and I never finished it.

There must be more interesting narratives on her life. This went on tangents about other things. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. I enjoyed this book. I knew Chanel since I was quite young but only as a designer of clothes and perfumes. It was good to read about this woman who lived and loved with apparent abandon but was a frightened child within. This book is very a very detailed and interesting read. She was not a very likeable person. Haven’t finished it yet. I recently turned to some other books I have but hadn’t read yet.

So I guess I was bored. I’ll probably finish it some time, just not right now. One person found this helpful. Definitely an informative and interesting read particularly for fashion and history enthusiasts. Well-rounded views, well researched and yet could do without some of the sidetracks. Insightful look into the incredible life of “the Fashion Icon”. Surprising to find out how many influential individuals of the 20th century this “Tiny Giant” knew and impacted! See all 99 reviews.

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