Gabrielle Chanel, more frequently known as Coco Chanel, shook up the codes of women's fashion, emphasising designs that allowed women to move freely and without hindrance.
A true icon of style, the designer imagined a modern, timeless wardrobe, combining chic and comfort, whose legacy is still very present in the style vernacular of today.
On the occasion of her recent 50th death anniversary (Jan 10), here are three books that will allow you to (re)discover her journey and quintessential style. – AFP Relaxnews
Famous fashion illustrator Megan Hess traces the personal and professional history of the designer through a collection of drawings, punctuated by key moments that shaped her life and career.
The book also features the most emblematic pieces of her style, from the little black dress to the tweed jacket and one of the most famous perfumes in the world, Chanel N°5.
A tome that makes the reader realise just how much this inimitable style still influences, even more than ever, current fashion. It also serves as an anthology of the most delicious quotes from the founder of the maison in Paris' 21s rue Cambon.
If you thought you knew everything there was to know about Gabrielle, this book by Rhonda K. Garelick could prove that you only in fact know a few of the most famous stories and anecdotes that marked the life of the French designer and great couturier.
It not only highlights the influence that Gabrielle had – and still has – on women's fashion, but also places each moment in a very specific historical and social context, thus retracing the journey of the young girl who spent several years in the orphanage of Aubazine Abbey before building an empire and becoming a world icon.
The Palais Galliera museum in Paris has imagined, with the support of Chanel, the first retrospective dedicated to the French designer, 50 years after her death.
While waiting for the reopening of the museum, you can immerse yourself in the official catalogue of the exhibition, which looks back at the evolution of Chanel's style, from the jersey striped sailor top from 1916 to a selection of dresses from the 1930s and chic sportswear.
The book includes numerous photographs and illustrations, and also focuses on Chanel N°5, one of the must-haves of the designer's style.
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