Coco Chanel by Lisa Chaney
An Intimate Life

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Revolutionizing womens dress, Gabrielle Coco Chanel was the twentieth centurys most influential designer. Her extraordinary and unconventional journey--from abject poverty to a new kind of glamourhelped forge the idea of the modern woman. Unearthing an astonishing life, this remarkable biography shows how, more than any previous designer, Chanel became synonymous with a rebellious and progressive style. Her numerous liaisons, whose poignant and tragic details have eluded all previous biographers, were the very stuff of legend. Witty and mesmerizing, she became muse, patron, or mistress to the century's most celebrated artists, including Picasso, Dali, and Stravinsky. Drawing on newly discovered love letters and other records, Chaneys controversial book reveals the truth about Chanels drug habit and lesbian affairs. And the question about Chanels German lover during World War II (was he a spy for the Nazis?) is definitively answered. While uniquely highlighting the designers far-reaching influence on the modern arts, Chaneys fascinating biography paints a deeper and darker picture of Coco Chanel than any so far. Movingly, it explores the origins, the creative power, and the secret suffering of this exceptional and often misread woman.

About Lisa Chaney

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Lisa Chaney has lectured and tutored in the history of art and literature, made TV and radio broadcasts on the history of culture, and reviewed and written for journals and newspapers, including The Sunday Times, the Spectator and the Guardian. She is the author of two previous biographies: Elizabeth David and Hide-and-Seek With Angels: The Life of J.M. Barrie.
Published November 10, 2011 by Viking Adult. 464 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Arts & Photography.

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One such individual, Arthur Capel, not only became the love of her life, but also the man who helped Chanel establish the “little business” that, by the end of World War I, was well on its way to becoming a fashion empire.

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Chaney explores the glamorous life and fashion empire of one of the most influential women of the 20th century, investigating the humble origins of Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel, demonstrating how she chang

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Chanel gave us the little black dress, gaudy layers of pearls, and the fitted tweed suit.

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