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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Hardcoverpages. Boy was her great love and her first muse; she was soon cutting up cahnel polo clothes and turning them into the languid, androgynous style she made her own.

Showing of 99 reviews. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Pages with related products. I knew Chanel since I was quite young but only as a designer of clothes and perfumes. Buy the selected items together This item: When I was looking for a book about Chanel I was looking to find information and inspiration, as a young professional woman, a designer in a male dominated industry I wanted to hear her voice, to understand her creative vision, to learn more about her business decisions and how a woman from a plane background managed to create an empire in an era when women had to fight for the right to do business.

Coco Chanel : The Legend and the Life

By reading this book the readers can not only get a sense of how the major label “Chanel” began, but this book takes us deep into Coco’s thought process and emotions; a sort of behind-the-scenes look. I get it, Chanel slept around a lot and didn’t Disappointing. None of that was true. The author portrays her as a hero while yet not covering up the faults of Coco’s life that aren’t so glamorous.


She knew Winston Churchill personally and was a lover of the Duke of Westminster. A biographer should know better than to throw all her research at the reader, bit by unimportant bit, and then leave the reader to sort it out. Justine Picardie brings the mysterious Gabrielle Chanel out of hiding, to celebrate her great achievements. Chanel liberated women from the constrains of the corset and introduced more practical women’s clothing boyish sportswear, suits, and unisex pants in the early twentieth century.

I wanted to enjoy this book; I really thought I would; but I didn’t, and I feel any reader would think their time better spent on other books.

There’s a problem loading this menu right now. Chanel and Her World. A main reason why I enjoyed the book is that we as the readers are taken back to Chanel’s early days, and we realize that her First and foremost, I thoroughly enjoyed this book.

It’s always a good thing when an author attempts to avoid speculation, even if not always successful. Not a bad read overall.

The collection of photographs is impressive, but they’re placed all over the place and more often than not, completely unrelated to the passage you are reading. Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources. Oct 25, Linda rated it it was ok Shelves: This book commits various transgressions. Accessibility links Skip to article Skip to justinw.

If you were to write a biography of someone like Chanel, at least dig up some truth. An affair with the Duke of Westminster led to a friendship with Winston Churchill, which helped when she was involved with a German officer during the occupation.

Who needs fiction when you can read biographies like this?

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Book ratings by Goodreads. It begins with a long-winded description of Chanel’s rooms instead of with the topic of the biography, Chanel herself–involved descriptions of inanimate objects can never replace the human character or historical figure. When I saw it was available in audio form, I took the opportunity to select it for my commute. Generally Disappointing- left me wanting more detail about the enigmatic Gabrielle and needing less about those who surrounded her.


Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go. I would probably have been better off with a book on the H I didn’t love this book and I can’t tell if it’s due to the author’s writing style or due to the fact that so little concrete facts are known about Coco Chanel’s life, thanks to her tendency to stretch the truth and contradict herself.

Number 5, her pearl necklaces, her love of fashion, her commitment to elegance and style, her devotion to her Maison, a love story with an Englishman and rumours of nazi simpathies. Merely a pile of unfinished research paper draft, or trash, if you ask me.

I found it quite convoluted and it was often difficult to keep track of characters as Picardie went on tangents about their personal histories, irrelevant to their relationship with Chanel.

Although the book as a whole has a lot of details about Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel’s life, I found the journalism very, very poor. I liked the book for its content, not necessarily writing style.

It was a book focussed on revealing truth and facts, and I learned some things about Chanel I had not known before. The Illustrated World of a Fashion Icon.

Chanel was a tragic figure of almost Shakespearean aspect – hugely justinne, fiercely strong-willed, yet fatally flawed and eventually filled with regret.

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Dec 25, Kate Snow rated it did not like it Shelves: The Legend and the Life Author s: