In Coco Chanel, Justine Picardie peels away the layers of romance and myth surrounding the legend of Coco Chanel, revealing the true history of the incredible. Coco Chanel is brought out of hiding, says Frances Wilson, as she admires Justine Picardie’s new biography of the elusive designer. COCO CHANEL is a lot of things to a lot people. For Justine Picardie, author of the new book Coco Chanel, The Legend and The Life which.

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What Picardie has achieved is a comprehensive and in-depth gathering of the different tidbits of Chanel’s life and brought it together in a spectacular biography. The timelines jumped around too much for me, and I usually follow multi-perspective books quite well. She was born Gabrielle Chanel on 19 August — a date that she later changed by hand in her passport.

But the image of Chanel you get from the book is that, yes she was into fashion but what she was really known for were her many affairs.

Not a bad read overall.

I liked the book for its content, not necessarily writing style. Since its publication inhers has become the definitive Chanel biography. Throwing new light on her passionate and turbulent relationships, this beautifully constructed portrait gives a fresh and penetrating look at how Coco Chanel made herself into her own most powerful creation. There’s a problem loading this menu right now. The way the information was presented was also rather tedious; with no nuance to the writing. Home Contact Us Help Free delivery worldwide.


Any allure this book has comes from the subject.

Coco Chanel: The Legend and the Life by Justine Picardie: review

Return to Book Page. Ships from and sold by Amazon. Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features: The author of five books, including her critically acclaimed memoir, If the Spirit Moves Youand the novel DaphneJustine Picardie is the former features director of British Vogue and editor of the Observer jushine. How this book was an “international bestseller” as the cover claims is beyond me.

I enjoyed the little bout of history, but I’m not sure I’d recommend this to anyone who didn’t already love fashion or Chanel. She was not a very likeable person. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. Want to Read saving…. But what of the woman behind the chaenl Accessibility links Skip to article Skip to navigation. In the deftest prose, Picardie plots one of the most extraordinary lives of the 20th Century.

Lists with This Book. Very interesting life and very convoluted relationships. Sep 16, Audrey Gorden added it. Coco Chanel led a very legendary life, which led to a very legendary career. The Legend and the Life by Justine Picardie. I believe that the author’s purpose for writing this book is to not only inform the readers of Chanel and her life, but to provoke their minds, maybe jusgine into complete mystification and lust of the beautiful mess that was Coco’s life.

There must be more interesting narratives on her life. As a result, I know less about Chanel than when I began!

Merely a pile of unfinished research paper draft, or trash, if you ask me.

Coco Chanel: The Legend and the Life by Justine Picardie: review – Telegraph

English Choose a language for shopping. Chanel is the symbol for class and I wanted to know all about the woman who changed the fashion world. Get to Know Us. This went on tangents about other things. This book, however, doesn’t make it seem interesting. Justine Picardie has spent the last decade puzzling over the truth about Coco Chanel, attempting to peel away the accretions of romance and lies. Maybe it’s been too long since I’ve read it, but that’s what it felt like to me.


Trivia About Coco Chanel: Nov 23, Deborah rated it it was ok. In the deftest prose, Picardie lots one of the most extr4aordinary lives of the 20th Century.

The photos are small, poorly captioned, and dull. Amazon Music Stream millions of songs. I would probably have been better off with a book on the H I didn’t love this book and I can’t tell if it’s due to the author’s writing style or due to the fact that so little concrete facts are known about Coco Chanel’s life, thanks to her tendency to stretch the truth and contradict herself. The illustrations are luscious.

Coco Chanel made it a goal in life to create mystery and drama around her past. Aug 08, Lesley rated it really liked it.

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