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August 26, 2011

Book Review: Chanel by Jean Leymarie

chanel by jean leymarieIf 2009 was the year of Chanel films, then 2011 is the year of Chanel books.  Originally published in 1987, Jean Leymarie, a French art historian, wrote Eternal Chanel, a work that elevated Coco Chanel’s place in history from fashion designer to artist.  The work was out of print for some time but earlier this year, the work was re-printed with a cover redesigned by Philippe Apeloig.

I recently purchased Chanel by Jean Leymarie and it now holds a dear place in my Chanel library.  Part art book, part biography, Chanel is unlike other books on Coco Chanel because of it’s approach.  Rather than detail her life story, Leymarie set out “to provide a general overview of Chanel’s creative history and evolution within the context of the artistic world of her time.”  (Chanel, Jean Leymarie, p.7).  The book starts off with a brief history of fashion beginning in Ancient Egypt to modern day.  Then the book reviews art movements and key moments in Chanel’s career.

Chanel by Jean Leymarie is a lovely book because you can see Chanel’s work alongside popular art movements of the time.  Providing a context to see Chanel’s work, you are transported through time to a different era.  Chanel has many photos I have not seen published in other books, as well as old favorites.  I am so happy I bought this book and I know it will be a book that I refer to often.  You can purchase Chanel by Jean Leymarie on Amazon.com.

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  1. I haven’t read this book about Coco, but I will be picking it up since it is a different take on her story from other books I have read. I recently finished reading The Allure of Chanel by Paul Morand. It was interesting to read the reminicences of Coco in her own words. I think that while there were alterations she had made to her story her strength was inspiring.

    Comment by Alison — August 31, 2011 @ 6:35 am

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