Synopses & Reviews
A modern look at the life of a legendary fashion icon — with practical life lessons for women of all ages.
Delving into the long, 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. Born in 1883 in a poorhouse in southern France, Chanel grew up to be the woman who not only gave us the little black dress and boxy jackets, but also bestowed upon women a chic freedom that helped usher them into the modern era. Elegant, opinionated, and passionate, she was the only fashion icon among TIME magazine's 100 Most Influential People of the 20th Century. The Gospel According to Coco Chanel is a captivating, offbeat look at style, celebrity, and self-invention — all held together with droll Chanel-style commentary and culled from an examination of Chanel's difficult childhood and triumphant adulthood, passionate love affairs, and eccentricities. Warner Brothers set to release a major motion picture on this subject, Coco Before Chanel, in Fall 2009.
A MODERN LOOK AT THE LIFE OF A LEGENDARY FASHION ICON With practical life lessons for women of all ages ADVANCE PRAISE FOR THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO COCO CHANEL Anyone with a good sense of humor should hugely enjoy, or should I say enjoie, Karen Karbos funny and stylish take on Coco Chanel. Like a little black dress, this handy life guide will take you from day into evening. K.K. on C.C.: oui, oui!”
Henry Alford, author of How to Live: A Search for Wisdom from Old People (While They Are Still on This Earth)
Wise, witty, and refreshingly colloquial, The Gospel According to Coco Chanel is an enchanting tour through the complex, often controversial life of fashion icon Chanel. Filled with relevant life lessons for the modern woman, this book is Karbo at her irrepressible best.”
Hilary Black, editor of The Secret Currency of Love: The Unabashed Truth About Women, Money, and Relationships
Delving into the long, extraordinary life of renowned French fashion designer Coco Chanel, Karen Karbo has written a new kind of 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.
For a live viewing of Chesley McLaren's illustrations you can visit The 4th Wall Gallery.
About the Author
Karen Karbo is the author of three novels, all of which were named New York Times Notable Books; four nonfiction booksincluding How to Hepburn, which the Philadelphia Inquirer called an exuberant celebration of a great original,” and The Stuff of Life, a People Magazines Critics Choiceand three books for young adults. Her essays, articles, and reviews have appeared in the New York Times, Outside, Elle, Vogue, More, and salon.com. Chesley McLaren, known as The French Illustrator in New York” for her Francophile style, has also worked as a Fifth Avenue fashion designer. She is the author/illustrator of several books, and her work has appeared in Town & Country, Vogue, InStyle, and Elle.