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Coco Chanel: An Intimate Life


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The controversial story of Chanel, the twentieth century's foremost fashion icon

Revolutionizing women's dress, Gabrielle andquot;Coco' Chanel was the twentieth century's most influential designer. Her extraordinary and unconventional journeyandmdash;from abject poverty to a new kind of glamourandmdash;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, Dalandiacute;, and Stravinsky.

Drawing on newly discovered love letters and other records, Chaney's controversial book reveals the truth about Chanel's drug habits, her lesbian affairs, and herand#160;German lover during World War II.

While uniquely highlighting the designer's far-reaching influence on the modern arts, Chaney's fascinating biography paints a more nuanced 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 misunderstood woman.

About the Author

Lisa Chaney is the author most recently of Hide and Seek with Angels: A Life of J. M. Barrie. She formerly taught at Oxford, has broadcast on the history of culture for British TV and radio, and has written for newspapers such as The Guardian and The Independent. She currently lives in York, England.

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An Intimate Life
Chaney, Lisa
Penguin Books
Artists, Architects, Photographers
Biography-Artists Architects and Photographers
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Paperback / softback
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Grade Level:
from 12
24 pp b/w photos on insert stock
9 x 6 in 1 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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