Her little black dress and today is in the basic wardrobe of any woman. Born as an illegitmate second child, after her mother's death she and her sisters were sent to an orphanage. She had many lovers but never settled down because she liked her independence too much and wanted to continue working. After a 15-year gap, Chanel returned to fashion in 1954. Also, her strategy of presenting Coco's Fascinating to me because I knew so little about the life of Coco Chanel.
Chanel's youth and early adulthood is very drawn out. The iconic Chanel bag also known as 2. However, most of them were inherited by André Palasse, her nephew. During these years, she created the Pink Chanel suit. Things we take for granted today like the little black dress, sling back shoes, the quilted bag, a suit, and a long strand of pearls, all exist simply because Chanel was wholly original and willing to take risks. She spends a great deal of time telling us what biographer X or biographer Y had to say about this or that murky period in the life of Chanel.
But for reasons I can't really put my finger on, Axel Madsen's telling of her story left me cold. The girl dreamed of becoming a dancer, a singer, a dancer, went on auditions, but failed. After several years in Switzerland post war, she returned to Paris and revived her fashion house. She came up with so many things that women still wear today. Coco was 46 years old when she began visiting doctors, but it was too late — nature opposed to her dream.
A modern woman for her time, and with a talent that was financially backed by her boyfriend, she took off. I knew a bit about Gabrielle's destitute beginnings and quite a bit about her rags to couture story. He suggested the Chanel hand in marriage, to which she replied: «Dukes and duchesses in the world a lot, but Coco Chanel — one». When she settled in the castle of her lover, Coco took full advantages of her new life. The reason is simple — short hair is easier to take care of. This biography is a bit of a rough read, but interesting all the same. 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.
This is just a small piece, she would eventually ignore any family she had. Het was een interessant boek vooral om dat de schrijver hierbij echt de geschiedenis mee neemt. The collection that failed miserably in Paris was slightly revised and shown overseas. At 20 she took to the stage briefly where she met a rich patron who put her into an apartment. August 19, 1883 What is CoCo Chanel famous for? Many famous people sought to communicate with the well-known fashion designer just out of curiosity and were surprised to find Coco intelligent, witty and original thinking woman. The couple moved to the aristocratic suburb, Vichy. .
Then she came up with the dream of beautiful clothes to women. Coco was not allowed to mourn officially, as she was not married to Arthur Capel. It is not that she was a chameleon, more a very serious and determined woman who was hell-bent on overcoming any obstacles in her life. During the Nazi occupation she closed her business doors, but she did have a German lover. HarperCollins, 'The Comeback', p269 et seq. I wish that I hadn't persisted with this book. Her story is original, incredible, and inspiring.
I guess I'm not the book's target audience! Not Chanel, she quietly left France in exile for nine years. The mother died in childbirth, and a girl named Gabrielle in honor of the nurses who helped to be born. In 1910, she opened a hat shop. Born of poor parents, raised in an orphanage, and looking at tough odds for success didn't seem to slow this woman's life down. Society women liked her simple wardrobe.
Chanel's life was quite an adventure, but comprehensive biographies aren't always such a dependable thrill ride. She is a single-focused, highly intelligent woman who sacrificed everything to prove a point to herself. Hutchinson was the former husband of actress. While I appreciate the detail and research that went into this book, the presentation is lacking, which is a disservice to the subject. Suddenly though, the Second World War comes to France and the book grinds to a rather slow pace.
The idea to mix crystals and natural stones in a single product came not only to her. The society that she catered to was small, but very wealthy even in times of war. From her various famous Chanel was a powerhouse. The number of clients growing every day. This is sort of a coffee table book, but not really because it's very much a narrative of her life. It also, offers a great deal of interesting insight into the perfume side of the business, and her complicated relationship with the Wertheimer family.