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Title:
Coco Chanel
ISBN:
9781604139259
Publication Information:
New York : Chelsea House, c2011.
Physical Description:
124 p. ; ill. ; 25 cm.
Contents:
Comeback -- Childhood : fact and myth -- Becoming Coco -- Rue Cambon -- Great war and first success -- Tragedy and triumph -- At her peak -- War years -- Return.
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Summary

Summary

The very name Coco Chanel inspires thoughts of fashion and beauty, perfume and style, and a look of timeless elegance. But the woman behind the name, Gabrielle Chanel, survived a childhood that was anything but stylish and elegant. The daughter of an itinerant merchant whose mother died while she was still young, Chanel lived a life she later denied, raised by nuns in an orphanage as a charity case. Yet somehow, Chanel survived to become the queen of 20th-century fashion, a designer who didn't draw yet became the most influential designer of her time and beyond. This biography examines the life of Coco Chanel, her fashions, and her loves, showing how the French country girl became a fashion icon.


Author Notes

Famous Fashion Designers celebrates the lives of the most important designers in the history of fashion. These biographies examine the creative inspiration and career trajectory of the tastemakers who have influenced the way we dress.
Dennis Abrams is the author of many books for Chelsea House, including biographies of Hillary Rodham Clinton, H.G. Wells, Rachael Ray, Xerxes, Albert Pujols, Georgia O'Keefe, and Nicolas Sarkozy. He attended Antioch College, where he majored in English and communications. A voracious reader since the age of three, Abrams lives in Houston with his family.


Excerpts

Excerpts

The very name Coco Chanel inspires thoughts of fashion and beauty, perfume and style, and a look of timeless elegance. But the woman behind the name, Gabrielle Chanel, survived a childhood that was anything but stylish and elegant. The daughter of an itinerant merchant whose mother died while she was still young, Chanel lived a life she later denied, raised by nuns in an orphanage as a charity case. Yet somehow, Chanel survived to become the queen of 20th-century fashion, a designer who didn't draw yet became the most influential designer of her time and beyond. This biography examines the life of Coco Chanel, her fashions, and her loves, showing how the French country girl became a fashion icon. Excerpted from Coco Chanel by Dennis Abrams All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.


Table of Contents

1 The Comebackp. 6
2 Childhood: Fact and Mythp. 14
3 Becoming Cocop. 24
4 Rue Cambonp. 36
5 The Great War and First Successp. 46
6 Tragedy and Triumphp. 59
7 At Her Peakp. 71
8 The War Yearsp. 84
9 The Returnp. 102
Chronology and Timelinep. 112
Glossaryp. 115
Bibliographyp. 116
Further Resourcesp. 117
Picture Creditsp. 118
Indexp. 119
About the Authorp. 124