The great fashion designer Coco Chanel continues to beguile
more than two decades after her death, and her life and work remain a
source of enduring fascination. Chanel expert Isabelle Fiemeyer
now unveils the mysteries that have surrounded the private and public
figure, by piecing together new research with accounts from
Chanel?s intimate friends and relatives, artists, writers,
photographers, directors, actors, and those who worked with her inside
the House of Chanel. The volume opens by introducing readers to
the carefully crafted persona that Coco Chanel herself
tailored. Then, chapter by chapter, the author gradually unveils each
layer of mystery that surrounded Chanel, to reveal the woman
behind the intrigue.
Her life oscillated between periods of darkness and light?
injuries, an absent father, abandonment, and loss, which were offset
by her vivid imagination, symbolic talismans that comforted her,
collaborations with great artists, and intense creative production.
While the designer was sometimes reviled and vilified, this volume
offers a deeper understanding of Chanel and fresh revelations
about her life. The author?s extensive research and revelatory
analysis are illustrated in this handsome volume with photographs and
previously unpublished material, including new documents from the
wartime period. This new biography of Gabrielle ?Coco?
Chanel is an indispensible addition to all fashion libraries.
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