Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel (1883–1971) is a fashion icon unlike any other, arguably the most influential designer of the twentieth century, whose creations remain as popular today as when they were introduced a century ago. She invented modern, chic clothing for women: she freed them from corsets, bobbed their hair, put them in simple bathing suits, and sent them out to get tanned in the sun. She introduced slacks, costume jewelry, the exquisitely comfortable and elegant knit suit, the “little black dress,” and the now-ubiquitous quilted handbag. She made the first couture perfume―No. 5―which remains the most popular scent ever created. And she knew and collaborated with the leading creative minds of her day: the likes of Picasso, Diaghilev, Stravinsky, Cocteau, Jean Renoir, and Visconti―as she matched their modernist innovations by liberating women from the prison of nineteenth-century fashion and introducing a whole new concept of style.
In this beautiful volume, the glorious life and world of the incomparable Coco Chanel shines again through lively text and a staggering collection of photographs amassed by author Edmonde Charles-Roux—the dear friend who Chanel chose as her biographer—shedding new light on one of the great stories of the modern age.
Edmonde Charles-Roux began her journalistic career at Elle and ultimately became editor-in-chief of French Vogue.
A model pictorial biography.
New York Times
This Chanel biography is as elegantly turned out as its subject.
The Washington Post
This lavish photo tome brings depth to Chanel’s sleek façade while revealing the fascinating woman behind it.
Edmonde Charles-Roux (is) one of (Chanel’s) best biographers.
The New Yorker
There have been many books about Chanel, but this is the great classic.
Art of the Times
This beautiful volume contains hundreds of photographs and lively prose by its author, Edmonde Charles-Roux.
Provides insight into the development of her sense of style and underscores the timelessness of her vision.