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Title:
Chanel : a woman of her own
Author:
Madsen, Axel.
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Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : H. Holt, [1990]

©1990
Physical Description:
viii, 388 pages ; 24 cm
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9780805009613

9780805016390
Format :
Book

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Summary

Chanel. The name means fashion and perfume, emancipation and casual feminine allure. Gabrielle Chanel began as a kept woman making hats for her lover's other mistresses and went on to become fashion's greatest career woman. She never married or had children, but men like Igor Stravinsky and the Duke of Westminster abandoned their families for her. Now Axel Madsen tells Chanel's story. Scheduled to become a TV miniseries starring Jane Seymour. 32 illustrations. Copyright © Libri GmbH. All rights reserved.


Summary

Alex Madsen brings to life Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel, the queen of fashion who revolutionized women's styles forever.


Author Notes

Axel Madsen was a biographer and journalist. Born in Denmark and raised in Paris, he first began writing for the Paris edition of The New York Herald Tribune . He moved to Los Angeles in the 1960s, where he wrote biographies of Coco Chanel, Billy Wilder, John Jacob Astor, and Jacques Cousteau among others. He died in 2007.


Reviews 4

Publisher's Weekly Review

French designer Gabrielle ``Coco'' Chanel (1883-1971) created elegant women's clothing and had a succession of celebrated friends and lovers from Winston Churchill to Igor Stravinsky. ``Madsen does a commendable job of ferreting out the seeming truth of a woman apparently as deft at fabricating her own life as she was with a needle and thread,'' said PW. Photos. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


Library Journal Review

Madsen takes the reader on a fantastic journey through the incredible and bittersweet life of Gabrielle Bonheur ``Coco'' Chanel, the woman who forever changed the world of modern fashion with the creation of the simple, elegant black dress, costume jewelry, and her own special perfume. Intertwining Chanel's business ventures, wealth, glamour, and influences, the biography is filled with fascinating and emotional stories of personal triumph, success and tragedy, social intrigue, and sexual escapades with nobility, artists, and politicians. The text, broken down into four parts, focuses on her life from her birth and childhood years to her early business success, her decline following the demoralizing events of World War II, and her amazing comeback at the age of 70 to the haute couture world she helped create. Recommended.-- Stephen Allan Patrick, East Tennessee State Univ., Johnson City (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Publisher's Weekly Review

French designer Gabrielle ``Coco'' Chanel (1883-1971) created elegant women's clothing and had a succession of celebrated friends and lovers from Winston Churchill to Igor Stravinsky. ``Madsen does a commendable job of ferreting out the seeming truth of a woman apparently as deft at fabricating her own life as she was with a needle and thread,'' said PW. Photos. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


Library Journal Review

Madsen takes the reader on a fantastic journey through the incredible and bittersweet life of Gabrielle Bonheur ``Coco'' Chanel, the woman who forever changed the world of modern fashion with the creation of the simple, elegant black dress, costume jewelry, and her own special perfume. Intertwining Chanel's business ventures, wealth, glamour, and influences, the biography is filled with fascinating and emotional stories of personal triumph, success and tragedy, social intrigue, and sexual escapades with nobility, artists, and politicians. The text, broken down into four parts, focuses on her life from her birth and childhood years to her early business success, her decline following the demoralizing events of World War II, and her amazing comeback at the age of 70 to the haute couture world she helped create. Recommended.-- Stephen Allan Patrick, East Tennessee State Univ., Johnson City (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.