Coco Chanel: The Legend and The Life

After watching the television movie "Coco Chanel" and its portrayal of the fashion icon's mistress life as love stories I was drawn to the beautifully designed book "Coco Chanel: The Legend and The Life" written by Justine Picardie. The book mimics Chanel's fashion philosophies into a designed form. The use of classically modern typefaces, white space throughout the pages with type and images, and the integration of fashion illustrations give the 343 page book life.
The biography unveils the secret world of Chanel's story and what lies beneath the glossy surface of a mythic fashion icon. Delving into Chanel's childhood abandonment and her passionate and turbulent relationships, the books paints a portrait at how Coco Chanel made herself into her most powerful creation. Not only is the story compelling, it leaves you with a blurred vision between truth and myth which is essentially the true heart of fashion. Leaving the book you gain incite into Chanel's questionable past with Nazi collaboration and her use of royal connections to avoid trial.

Coco Chanel died in 1971 at the age of eighty-seven. But her legacy lives on.


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