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Had to justone it down unfinished. Preview — Coco Chanel by Justine Picardie. When you don’t cry it’s because you no longer believe in happiness. The Legend and the Life on your Kindle in under a minute.

Many sentences are finished with “Of course, the truth is blurred O yes, now that I have skimmed some other reviews, I realized what it was that was bothering me– there was so much focus on all of her affairs, and barely any on her actual contributions to the fashion world. Explore the Home Gift Guide.

It took me a while to decide on the rating I should give this book. Who needs fiction when you can read biographies like this?

I probably would not have lasted five minutes in a room with Chanel, but she is fascinating beyond belief. Nov 23, Deborah rated vhanel it was ok. The author portrays her as a hero while yet not covering up the faults of Coco’s life that aren’t so glamorous.

The author is content to tell Coco Chanel’s story by listing the things she says about herself, what others say about her, then never clears up the incongruence by telling us what her research turned up on the matter. Chanel was a driven woman, who at first used fashion to make her way onto the Parisian high society, or even to attract the aristocratic men. Feared and revered by the rest of the fashion industry, Coco Chanel died in at the age of eighty-seven, but her legacy lives on.


First and foremost, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Nov 14, Lisa Rogers rated it did not like it Shelves: Well-rounded views, well researched pixardie yet could do without some of the sidetracks. View all 3 comments. Her straight, utilitarian skirts and jersey jackets struck the right note during the years of the Great War, just as the Chanel suit has defined the independent woman since the mid-Fifties.

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Coco Chanel: The Legend and the Life

Fascinating to me because I knew so little about the life of Coco Chanel. Those who read biography typically want facts, and they want the character to picsrdie to life. Coco Chanel really did lead an interesting 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 foco.

The timelines jumped around too much for me, and I usually follow multi-perspective books quite well.

Being as familiar with fashion as I am, it was in fact an honor to go that deep into Chanel’s life by reading this book. Lists with This Book. This book tried to strike a dreamy tone and just ended up being a boring disappointment. I really enjoyed this biography, and woul recommend it, as I really didnt know anything about her childhood, growth of her business, war time activities, or her many relationships This book tells the story of the men and women of Fighter Command who worked tirelessly in air bases scattered throughout Britain to thwart the Nazis.

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She spends a great deal of time telling us what biographer X or biographer Y had to say about this or that murky period in the life of Chanel. Women should be able to walk, to drive, to ride their bicycles and to forget what they are wearing.


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. Check out the top books of the year on our page Best Books of Had the text been more interesting, perhaps her voice might not have grated as much, alas Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants. She spun her own myth, but each of her creations was a story as well and each contains a story.

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Coco Chanel by Justine Picardie

For a relatively short picarfie with pictures! It’s a factual biography of Gabrielle Bonheur Chanel, better justlne as Coco Chanel, the orphaned girl who rose to be one of the most justinne names in fashion, if not the most famous; credi Why did I read it? ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics. The Illustrated World of a Fashion Icon. The story of Chanel begins with an abandoned child, as lost as a girl in a dark fairy tale.

But she doesn’t make anything any less murky. Hiring an exiled Russian Archduchess to embroider for the House of Chanel? Learn more about Kindle MatchBook. From watching a documentary on Coco Chanel the image of Chanel I got was an independent, smart, and successful business woman who redefined women’s fashion; so I was looking forward to reading this book. Why is it that what makes a person so amazing, also makes them difficult to be around? Get the best at Telegraph Puzzles.

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