I read every book I can get my hands on about Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel – well at least the ones in English. When I heard a while back that there was a new biography in the works, Coco Chanel: The Legend and the Life by Justine Picardie, I couldn’t wait to learn more about the mysteries surrounding one of the most influential women of the 20th Century.
Justine Picardie spent years researching and writing this biography on Mademoiselle Chanel. From notes in the Chanel and Churchill archives, to interviews with Chanel’s last surviving friends, Picardie paints a picture that brings the true Coco to light in a way never seen before.
From her humble beginnings in an Orphanage, to her romance with the Duke of Westminster, Picardie delves deep into the mysteries behind the infamous designer. She also investigates Chanel’s controversial romance during WWII and digs deep into top-secret intelligence and military archives. Studying the iconography of the brand, Picardie also recounts how key events in Chanel’s life infuenced her collections and designs.
Thoroughly researched, Coco Chanel: The Legend and the Life is an excellent read on Coco Chanel’s life. Not just a great biography, Coco Chanel: The Legend and the Life is full of accompanying photographs – some of which I have never seen before. One of my favorite parts of the book are the embossed illustrations of Coco Chanel on the front and back covers done Karl Lagerfeld himself.
Coco Chanel: The Legend and the Life is available for sale on Amazon.com and makes a wonderful gift for any Chanelphile. It’s definitely now one of my favorites among my collection of Chanel books.