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The Little Book of Chanel

por Emma Baxter-Wright

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Little Book of Chanelis the pocket-sized and beautifully illustrated story of the most celebrated fashion designer in history. Chronicling the life and legacy of Coco Chanel, one of fashion's most influential couturiers, this gorgeous book offers a fascinating account of Chanel's evolution and innovation. From her early days of millinery, through her revolutionary inventions in sportswear and jersey fashions for women, to the classics that made her name, such as the Chanel cardigan jacket, little black dress and exquisite perfumes. Detailed photographs and sketches of Chanel's designs, along with fashion photography and catwalk shots, pay tribute to one of the world's most highly regarded fashion houses and the woman behind it, making a striking gift for any lover of fashion.… (mais)
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A compact (160p) and well illustrated look at the life of Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel and the fashion house synonymous with her name. For me the most interesting part was the first half which is a potted biography of Chanel herself with an emphasis on her fashion business. A child of peasant poverty she leveraged her love affairs with the aristocracy to provide the seed money to start her own business. I did not realise she'd taken a German lover during WWII, and had been involved in a hair-brained, and unsuccessful, scheme to negotiate with Churchill to bring the war to to a close. The second half of the book tracks the history of the House of Chanel after her death with sections on Karl Lagerfeld, accessories, jewellery, perfume and makeup. These feel more like puff pieces though again, the illustrations shine. I was delighted to discover that Chanel, despite being the last word in elegance, also demanded practicality in her clothing, clothes you could move in, with pockets (hooray), and bags with shoulder straps and compartments. Much of the evening wear from the 20s and 30s could easily be work today, as can the classic Chanel suit. A quick and enjoyable introduction to Chanel and her world. ( )
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Little Book of Chanelis the pocket-sized and beautifully illustrated story of the most celebrated fashion designer in history. Chronicling the life and legacy of Coco Chanel, one of fashion's most influential couturiers, this gorgeous book offers a fascinating account of Chanel's evolution and innovation. From her early days of millinery, through her revolutionary inventions in sportswear and jersey fashions for women, to the classics that made her name, such as the Chanel cardigan jacket, little black dress and exquisite perfumes. Detailed photographs and sketches of Chanel's designs, along with fashion photography and catwalk shots, pay tribute to one of the world's most highly regarded fashion houses and the woman behind it, making a striking gift for any lover of fashion.

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