Coco Chanel: The Legend and the Life (Hardcover)

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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 woman who shaped modern fashion and created an empire of haute couture. Picardie's unprecedented research illuminates Chanel’s path from little-known seamstress to the aristocracy of style in this stunning look at the fashion icon, illustrated with more than sixty color and black-and-white images.

About the Author

The author of five books, including her critically acclaimed memoir, If the Spirit Moves You, and the novel Daphne, Justine Picardie is the former features director of British Vogue and editor of the Observer magazine. She is a fashion columnist for the Sunday Telegraph and writes for several other publications, including Harper’s Bazaar and the Times of London. She lives in London with her two sons.

Praise For…

“Fascinating. . . . Intriguing reading. . . . In researching this book, Justine Picardie has shown as much doggedness in uncovering her subject’s life as Chanel did in disguising it.”
— Edwina Ings-Chambers, Sunday Times

“I thought there was nothing more to say about Coco Chanel, but Picardie’s recent book does a great job of depicting a difficult and compelling 20th-century icon.”
— Kate Betts, The Week

“Gripping. . . . In the deftest prose, Picardie lots one of the most extr4aordinary lives of the 20th Century. The book is lavishly illustrated, too, with images of iconic outfits and intimate photos from Chanel’s private albums.”
— Mail on Sunday

— Frances Wilson, Daily Telegraph

“Captivating. . . . Wonderful photos and illustrations.”
— Dianne Dempsey, The Age

“Picardie’s biography on Chanel is not only stunningly presented—it features photos, pictures and fashion drawings by Karl Lagerfeld on almost every page—but brilliantly written.”
— Fiona Purdon, Courier-Mail (Australia)

Product Details
ISBN: 9780061963858
ISBN-10: 0061963852
Publisher: It Books
Publication Date: September 21st, 2010
Pages: 352
Language: English