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ISBN13: 9780143122128
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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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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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WongKaiWen, December 23, 2012 (view all comments by WongKaiWen)
I've always wanted to know more about Coco Chanel because she's always seemed very interesting, as well as influential. Lisa Chaney does a great job of relating the ups and downs of Chanel's life, although I'm sure this was a tough task. Chanel's early life is shrouded in mystery, but Chaney still helps the reader see the effects of a difficult childhood. Of course the book is filled with tales about life in Paris in the first 6 decades of the twentieth century. There is plenty of mystery in this book, but for readers interested in history, fashion, or both, it's a good read.
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ISBN:
9780143122128
Author:
Chaney, Lisa
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Subject:
Artists, Architects, Photographers
Subject:
Biography-Artists Architects and Photographers
Subject:
Biography-Women
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
20121131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
24 pp b/w photos on insert stock
Pages:
464
Dimensions:
9.53 x 6.44 x 1.48 in 1.74 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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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.

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