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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This is no biography. Also, the writer is immensely biased towards Chanel. It’s a factual biography of Gabrielle Bonheur Chanel, better known as Coco Chanel, the orphaned girl who rose to be one of the most famous names in fashion, if not the most famous; credited for the creation of simple, elegant, comfortable designs, most notably the “little back dress” now considered an essential item in any wardrobe.

I enjoyed this delicate and thoughtful biography of a very complex and private woman whose own accounts of her life seemed to have been more fiction than fact and who combined impeccable taste with Apr 12, Narwhal rated it liked it. I felt the book really could have been considerably shorter, with the cutting of extraneous information. Pages with related products.

By all accounts, Coco Chanel 19 August — 10 January lived a remarkable life. Books by Justine Picardie.

Coco Chanel : The Legend and the Life

Apr 27, Ruth rated it liked it. There must be more interesting narratives on her life. Generally Disappointing- left me wanting more detail about the enigmatic Gabrielle and needing less about those who surrounded her.

For me personally, the book didn’t add much to what I learned on the tour. Their mother died at the age of 33 and their father refused to take care of th Coco Chanel led a very legendary life, which led to a very legendary career. 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 woman who shaped modern fashion and created an empire of haute couture.


I really enjoyed this biography, and woul recommend it, as I really didnt know anything about her childhood, growth of her business, war time activities, or her many relationships I found it quite convoluted and it was often difficult to keep track of cchanel as Picardie went on tangents about their personal histories, irrelevant to their relationship with Chanel.

What are the main driving forces, who are the main competitors? She lied jhstine many of the reporters who have interviewed her. Sales figures were helped when Marilyn Monroe announced that No 5 was all she wore to bed.

Amazon Music Stream millions of songs. How this book was an “international bestseller” as the cover claims is beyond me. Justinne to me because I knew so little about the life of Coco Chanel. Those who read biography typically want facts, and This book tried to juetine a dreamy tone and just ended up being a boring disappointment.

The Legend and the Life on your Kindle in under a minute. I love that Chanel got Why is it that what makes a person so amazing, also makes them difficult to be around? The audio version of the book, which was downloaded from Audible, was clear and without fault.

The Essex Serpent Sarah Perry. In the deftest prose, Picardie lots one of the most extr4aordinary lives of the 20th Century. In this elegant book Justine Picardie writes about the life and character of Coco Chanel.

It was the Grand Duke who introduced her to the former perfumer to the Tsars and former Russian subject called Ernest Beaux a truly remarkable German-French-Russian character who fled from Russia to France after the Revolution.

A definitive book on the life of Gabrielle ‘Coco’ Chqnel.

Oct 25, Linda rated it it was ok Shelves: Chanel as always been – and will remain – an enigma, no matter how many attempts are made, book or movie form, no one will ever get a real understanding of the woman behind the myth. Somehow Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel was able chandl single-handedly to reinvent not only herself, but also to recreate entirely the way women dressed, inventing pixardie women’s clothing that both recognized and enabled the new role of women in society.


I loved learning about coco Chanel but I felt like as much as I learned about her I also did not, if that makes sense.

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

Women should be able to walk, to drive, to ride their bicycles and to forget chanrl they are wearing. Had the text been more interesting, perhaps her voice might not have grated as much, alas She is truly amazing.

I guess I’m not the book’s target audience! By using our website you agree to our use of cookies. The collection of photographs is impressive, but they’re placed all over the place and more often than not, completely un This book made me an even greater fan of Chanel, but I did not like the author’s style at all.

I’ve always had a fascination with this self-made woman, and I remember reading a review of the paperback version of this book on a blog a few years back, and thinking I must read it. She was not a very likeable person. Feb 26, Love Fool rated it really liked it. It was hard to get through because of the writing – throwing everything at the reader that had ever been said, knowing that most of it was lies.

Home Contact Us Help Free delivery worldwide. When you don’t cry it’s because you no longer believe in happiness. I know a little more of Coco but the true Gabrielle remains a mystery.