Coco Chanel: The Legend and the Life



Coco Chanel: The Legend and the Life


6-3/4" W | 9-1/4" H


+ Justine Picardie 

+ Hardcover

+ 346 Pages

+ Full-Color Photographs

+ Black and White Photographs

+ Full-Color Illustrations


+ The story of Chanel begins with an abandoned child, as lost as a girl in a dark fairy tale. Unveiling remarkable new details about Gabrielle Chanel's early years in a convent orphanage and her flight into unconventional adulthood, Justine Picardie explores what lies beneath the glossy surface of a mythic fashion icon.

Throwing new light on her passionate and turbulent relationships, this beautifully constructed portrait gives a fresh and penetrating look at how Coco Chanel made herself into her own most powerful creation. An authoritative account, based on personal observations and interviews with Chanel's last surviving friends, employees, and relatives, it also unravels her coded language and symbols, and traces the influence of her formative years on her legendary style.