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Chanel : Her Life, Her World, and the Woman Behind the Legend - Edmonde Charles-Roux


Her Life, Her World, and the Woman Behind the Legend

By: Edmonde Charles-Roux, Nancy Amphoux (Transcribed by)


Published: 1st June 2009
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This true story of the magnificent Coco Chanel is the inspiration for a major new film starring Audrey Tautou - opening at Australian cinemas 25 June 2009.

She revolutionised how women looked. She banned corsets, shortened skirts and scented the world with Chanel No.5. Gabrielle 'Coco' Chanel was an icon. Yet her real story only came to light when Vogue editor Edmonde Charles-Roux, intrigued by Chanel’s carefully moulded image, decided to pursue the true history of this enigmatic icon.

About the Author

Edmonde Charles-Roux served as a nurse and a Resistance worker in World War II, before beginning a career as a journalist writing for Elle and Paris Match. For twelve years she was Editor-in-Chief of the French edition of Vogue. She has written another biography, Don Juan of Austria, and two novels, Elle, Adrienne and To Forget Palermo, which won the Prix Goncourt. Nancy Amphoux is the translator of many major biographies, including those of Tolstoy, Turgenev and Pushkin.



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    'This biography delves far into the past, unraveling the mysteries that Chanel herself worked to create...it's a beautifully honest yet surprisingly unforgiving portrait of a woman often outshone by her own legend' Observer. 'A fascinating, intimate, merciless, but ultimately sympathetic portrait... Even for those with only the slightest interest in fashion this is a beautifully written, highly entertaining biography' Guardian. 'Chanel's life was extraordinary, varied, full, perverse and like all good stories, full of dramatic reversals and successes' Margaret Drabble.

    Origins 1792-1883.
    Gabrielle's youth 1884-1903.
    A False Start 1903-1905.
    The Keepers and the Kept 1906-1914.
    The Foundations of an Empire 1914-1919.
    The Slavic Period 1920-1925.
    A Victorian Illusion and its Aftermath 1925-1933.
    Of Divers Dances 1933-1940.
    The German Period 1940-1945.
    First Epilogue 1945-1952.
    Second Epilogue 1953-1971.

    ISBN: 9781906694241
    ISBN-10: 0646497286
    Audience: General
    Format: Paperback
    Language: English
    Number Of Pages: 428
    Published: 1st June 2009
    Publisher: Quercus Publishing Plc
    Country of Publication: GB
    Dimensions (cm): 21.5 x 13.5  x 3.2
    Weight (kg): 0.565
    Edition Number: 1