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Chanel
She revolutionized how women looked. She banned corsets, shortened skirts and scented the world with Chanel No.5. Gabrielle ‘Coco’ Chanel was an icon. But how closely did her carefully moulded image match the truth?

Born illegitimate and raised in an orphanage – not by the two aunts that she invented – Gabrielle Chanel fought constantly to escape the mundane. She rose from back-street milliner to become the head of a vast business empire, and socialised with Picasso, Stravinsky and Cocteau. Edmonde Charles-Roux also reveals one of Chanel’s best-kept secrets – her love affair with a prodigal German spy.

Chanel’s legend did not fade with her death, and nor has the mark of sheer elegance that she left upon the world of fashion. This is the living woman behind the vibrant legend.
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Genre: Biography & True Stories / Biography: General / Biography: Arts & Entertainment

On Sale: 4th June 2009

Price: £16.99

ISBN-13: 9781906694241

Reviews

'Chanel's life was extraordinary, varied, full, perverse and like all good stories, full of dramatic reversals and successes' Margaret Drabble.
Margaret Drabble
'A fascinating, intimate, merciless, but ultimately sympathetic portrait… Even for those with only the slightest interest in fashion this is a beautifully written, highly entertaining biography' Guardian.
Guardian
'This biography delves far into the past, unraveling the mysteries that Chanel herself worked to create…it's a beautifully honest yet surprisingly unforgiving portrait of a woman often outshone by her own legend' Observer.
Observer