Coco Chanel: An Intimate Life by Lisa ChaneyThe controversial story of Chanel, the twentieth centurys foremost fashion icon. Revolutionizing womens dress, Gabrielle Coco Chanel was the twentieth centurys 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 centurys most celebrated artists, including Picasso, Dalí, and Stravinsky.
Drawing on newly discovered love letters and other records, Chaneys controversial book reveals the truth about Chanels drug habit and lesbian affairs. And the question about Chanels German lover during World War II (was he a spy for the Nazis?) is definitively answered.
While uniquely highlighting the designers far-reaching influence on the modern arts, Chaneys 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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Everything she did was a departure from the past, as she constantly wanted to improve the lives of women through her creations. It seems as though Gabrielle Chanel was destined to start the Chanel House from very early on in her life. She was born into a modest family, and became an orphan at the age of Her mother died of tuberculosis and her father abandoned the family. Gabrielle was sent to an orphanage, where she learned to sew, and then was sent to a Catholic boarding school until she turned There, Gabrielle learned about simplicity and practicality, both characteristics that describe the iconic Chanel House.
Arguably the most influential fashion designer of all time, Coco Chanel revolutionised the way women wore clothes and paved a new way for the fashion brand, capitalising on the changing times she was living in and her status as a fashion icon. With The London College of Fashion opening an exhibition of portraits of the designer painted by her friend and artist Marion Pike on tomorrow, Wonderland looks back on seven ways the designer changed the course of fashion history. Although during the war women often had to wear trousers when working in traditionally male jobs, Chanel played a huge part in accelerating their popularity as a fashion item. In the end, the designer regretted how her careless decision affected the course of fashion history. At the start of the 20th century, pale was in— skin that was in any way brown was associated with the lower classes. In Chanel made suntan a covetable fashion accessory when she accidently got sunburned while on a cruise on the French Riviera.
From her first millinery shop, opened in , to the s, Coco Chanel Gabrielle 'Coco' Chanel rose to become one of the premier fashion designers in Paris, France. Replacing the corset with comfort and casual elegance, Coco Chanel's fashion staples included simple suits and dresses, women's trousers, costume jewelry, perfume, and textiles. An outspoken woman, Coco Chanel talked about an array of topics in interviews, especially her ideas about fashion. This season the name of Chanel is on the lips of every buyer. Coco Chanel was never short on pithy, smart quips about everything. From life to love, from business to style, Chanel had a quote for any occasion. For them this is a far greater pleasure than ordering another suit.
Dec 6, Coco Chanel, also known as Gabrielle Bonheur Chanel, can undoubtedly be The French designer somehow managed to change fashion.
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