Chanel, The Vocabulary of Style is one of the most beautiful collections of Chanel photography that I have ever seen. Compiled by fashion historian and journalist Jérôme Gautier, Coco Chanel’s story of iconic style is told through archival photos paired with recent images. Photographs by leading photographers from Cecil Beaton, Horst P. Horst and Edward Steichen to Nick Knight, Annie Leibowitz and Mario Testino are shown side-by-side, just to name a few.
The Vocabulary of Style is divided into eleven chapters that identify key elements in Chanel’s lexicon: The Body Liberated, Little Black Dresses, Black into Night, Baroque Inspirations, 31, Rue Cambon, Youth and Evolution, Simple Chic, Androgyne, From Tweed to Tweeds, The Total Look and Rebel. In each chapter the viewer sees the progression from the seeds that Coco Chanel herself sowed to the flowers that bloomed under Karl Lagerfeld’s delicate hand.
Chanel, The Vocabulary of Style is a gorgeous collection of Chanel photographs and is a must-have for any Chanelphile. If you especially like vintage Chanel from the 80s and 90s – this book features more photos from this time period than any other Chanel book I have seen. If you are making a holiday wish list, or are looking for a gift for a fashion lover then I would highly recommend Chanel, The Vocabulary of Style – the edition comes in a slipcover and is as beautiful as the photographs within it. You can purchase Chanel, The Vocabulary of Style online on Amazon.com.