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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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us coci the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Coco Chanel by Justine Picardie. The Legend and the Life by Justine Picardie. In Coco Chanel, Justine Picardie peels away the layers of cganel 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.
Hardcoverpages. Published September 21st by It Books first published November 1st To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Coco Chanelplease sign up. Lists with This Book. Aug 19, Rebecca Grace rated it really liked it Shelves: The author’s sycophantic tone nearly turned me off the book in the first chapter.
Millions of girls were born in poor houses and raised in convents in the late 19th century, and most of them lived and died in the squalor and obscurity of their origins. Somehow Picadrie The author’s sycophantic tone nearly turned me off the book in the first chapter. Somehow Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel was able almost single-handedly to reinvent not only herself, but also to recreate entirely the way women dressed, inventing modern women’s clothing that both recognized and enabled the new role of women in society.
Bankrolling the Ballets Russe? Hiring an exiled Russian Archduchess to embroider for the House of Chanel? I’m not even halfway through the picagdie and I juxtine put it down. I see in Chanel the same spirit as strong, entrepreneurial women such as Oprah, Madonna, and Martha Stewart — women who largely invented a market for their talents and abilities that didn’t exist before them, and whose success resulted chiefly from their ability to seize the cultural current of their time and create a persona that millions of other women could either identify with or aspire to.
Nov 14, Lisa Rogers rated it did not like it Shelves: I wanted to like this book but it just didn’t make sense. A biographer should know better than to throw all her research at the reader, bit by unimportant bit, and then leave the reader to sort it out. The author is content to tell Coco Chanel’s story by listing the things she says about herself, what others say about her, then never piczrdie up the incongruence by telling us what her research turned up on the matter.
As a result, I know less about Chanel than when I began! The justinw are small, p I wanted to like this book but it just didn’t make sense. The photos are small, poorly captioned, and dull. How this book was an “international bestseller” as the cover claims is beyond me. View all 3 comments. Apr 27, Ruth rated it liked it. It took me a while to decide on the rating I should give this book. It is an interesting well written book.
So why three stars? When I was looking for a book about Chanel I was looking to find information and inspiration, as a young professional woman, a designer in a male dominated industry I wanted to hear her voice, to understand her creative vision, to learn more about her business decisions and how a woman from a plane background managed to create an empire in an era when women had to figh It took me a while to decide on the rating I should give this book.
When I was looking for a book about Chanel I was looking to find information and inspiration, as a young professional woman, a designer in a male dominated industry I wanted to hear her voice, to understand her creative vision, to learn more about her business decisions and how a woman from a plane background managed to create an empire in an era when women had to fight for the right to do business. I found very little of this in the book. It is a book about a woman who had a string of romantic affairs with interesting men.
And it does not do her justice. She is famous today for building a Fashion Empire. Chznel after reading this book you might mistakenly think that fashion was secondary, tiny part of her life while her main occupation was looking for the next high profile lover jumping from one scandal to another. My feeling after reading this book is one of justie miss.
If you have a recommendation of a book about her that speaks more about her business acumen and creative vision please leave a note in the comments.
Feb 26, Love Fool rated it really liked it. Welcome to the secret world of Gabrielle Chanel. Chanel is the symbol for class and I wanted to know all about the woman who changed the fashion world. Chabel book was well written and very interesting.
I learned so much about Coco I feel like I personally knew her. She is truly amazing. Apr 21, Kerry rated it did not like it Shelves: This book tried to strike a dreamy tone and just ended up being a boring disappointment. This book commits various transgressions. It begins with a long-winded description of Chanel’s rooms instead of with the topic of the biography, Chanel herself–involved descriptions of inanimate objects can never replace the human character or historical figure.
Coco Chanel: The Legend and the Life
Such a chapter is then followed by tall tales woven by Chanel herself, hearsay, and supposition. Those who read biography typically want facts, and This book tried to strike a dreamy tone and just ended up being a boring disappointment. Those who read biography typically want facts, and ujstine want the character to come to life. They want hard research picradie reveal truths about the subject. However, this book leaves Chanel a ghost.
It is self-indulgent and poorly conceived. May 24, Debbie rated it did not like it Shelves: I had to read this for book club and what a chore – it is a white washed piece of crap – poor indexing and it mostly seems to be quotes for two others who attempted to write Chanel’s bio. Aug 21, Ghost of the Library rated it liked it 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.
And frankly that is how it should be What did i know of Coco before this book? Jistine 5, her pearl necklaces, her love of fashion, her commitment to elegance and style, Chanel as always been – and will remain – an enigma, no matter how many attempts are made, book or movie form, no one plcardie ever get a real understanding of the woman picardiw the myth.
Number 5, her pearl necklaces, her love of fashion, her commitment to elegance and style, her devotion to her Maison, a love story with an Englishman and rumours of nazi simpathies. Now what do i know? This isnt an easy book to read, mostly because at times the author seems lost on which direction justime take, so quotes ccoco everyone who knew her pop up all over the place, slowing down the pace and making one a tiny bit bored. Dec 25, Kate Snow rated it did not like it Shelves: Like many other reviewers who gave this a poor rating, I wanted to like it.
However, the book was rambling, lacking in picaardie and I got no insight into the creative side of Chanel’s life apart from her creativity with her life story. Only at the close of the book was there a glimpse of her at work with her scissors.
Hagiography at its worst and disappointing. Why did I read it?
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. When I saw it was available in audio form, I took the opportunity to select it for my commute.
It’s a factual biography of Gabrielle Bonheur Chanel, better picardiee as Coco Chanel, the orphaned girl who rose to be one of the most famous names in fashion, if not the most famous; credi Why did I read it? 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.
What did I like? It was a book focussed on revealing truth and facts, and I learned some things about Chanel I had not known before.
Coco Chanel: The Legend and the Life by Justine Picardie
It’s always a good thing when an author attempts to avoid speculation, even if not always successful. The audio version of the book, which was downloaded from Audible, was clear and without fault. What didn’t I like about this book? This audio book annoyed me immensely, and I think it may have started with the narrator Cassandra Harwoodwhose voice droned through each sentence making it hard to concentrate on the information being presented.
I don’t speak French, but I can only hope the times she employed that language she did better than with the English, when words were mis-pronounced e. Had the text been more interesting, perhaps her voice might not have grated as much, alas The book was full of facts, but much of the book seemed to stray into the lives of those around Chanek. At one point, it seemed as though quite a few pages had been dedicated to the wife of a lover and, try as I might, I failed to grasp as to why this information was necessary to the book, as it apparently had no bearing on Chanel’s life itself.
I think that was the focus of my dislike of the book: I felt the book really could have been considerably shorter, with the cutting of extraneous information.
The way the information was presented was also rather tedious; with no nuance to the writing. It might as well have been a text book. Would I recommend it?
I wanted to enjoy this book; I really thought Pucardie would; but I picardje, and I feel any reader would think their time better spent on other books. But what of the woman behind the name: