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Monday, 20 December 2010

Coco, no Rococo



Justine Picardie is the newest biographer to take on the life and legacy of 20th century fashion icon Gabrielle Bonheur "Coco" Chanel. Coco Chanel: The Legend and Life purports to be the most complete and authoritative account of the notoriously guarded fashion designer. While I can't judge that claim yet, I believe that Picardie (critically acclaimed memoirist, fiction writer and former features director of British Vogue) has both the talent and resources to write an exceptional biography of Chanel. The edition has a healthy balance of text and images, because we need to see how Chanel fundamentally changed women's wear in the 20th century; popularizing traditional menswear, the "Little Black Dress", boucle, jersey, the Breton shirt...






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