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Coco Chanel: A Biography (Bloomsbury Lives of Women) [Axel Madsen] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Book by Axel Madsen. It seems that Coco Chanel was not the sweet little ingĂ©nue she was made out to be in the film Coco Avant [before] Chanel. According to. Booktopia has Coco Chanel, A Biography by Axel Madsen. Buy a discounted Paperback of Coco Chanel online from Australia’s leading online bookstore.

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Denise rated it it was ok Dec 04, He died in She made comfort and class the fashion of the day.

Suddenly though, the Second World War comes to Aaxel and the book grinds to a rather slow pace. As Katherine Hep Why people think Chanel as independent woman? According to this biography she was tough, bad-tempered, neurotic, eccentric and an unapologetic liar: Oct 17, GK Stritch rated it really liked it.

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Shockingly, Chanel attempted to white wash her life from early on. I did appreciate her neutral canel and felt there was little conjecture on her part. A Biography Bloomsbury Lives of Women. There were of course some interesting parts such as the fashion but overall, it was much less interesting than I was expecting.

I’d already assumed that Ms. Wynne Chan rated it it was ok Aug 30, I had saved this biography for last out of a group of them Azel had gotten for Christmas, thinking it’d be the best but I was very wrong.


Saya rated it it was ok Nov 11, Alex Madsen brings to life Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel, the queen of fashion who revolutionized women’s styles forever.

She wanted women to be the main draw, not 15 yards of cloth draped over petticoats. Coco Chanel was het eerste deel dat ik las. Unlike other designers at her time, she let chnel press photograph her designs before the runway shows. Apr 06, Catherine rated it really liked it Shelves: It is quite detailed maesen greatly depicts the charm and timelessness of Chanel fashion.

Very thorough biography about Coco Chanel from childhood to her death. Obviously, she is not always likable, but I found this biography quite compassionate: Destiny rated it it was ok Jun 25, Account Options Sign in.

Her success was ensured by her ability to re The author made it very clear that Mme. Also some kind of a glossary or guide to all the various people that show up would’ve been helpful since I couldn’t keep them straight. Refresh and try again. She never married or had children, but men like Igor Stravinsky and the Duke of Westminster abandoned their families for her.

I have always loved a tailored look and especially any style taken axep mens fashion and feminized. Tricia rated it it was ok Jul 24, Apr 15, Melinda Flaugher rated it really liked it. Due to the large number of French, German and Russian names, many of whom shared first or last names, and titles that were used instead of given names only part of the time, was very confusing! This is just a small piece, she would eventually ignore any family she had.


Cant say it was the best biography ever but decent. Its amazing to think that these things which are evident in ordinary life, were started by the amazing woman, Coco Chanel. At times I was completely lost as to who Cnanel was reading about. There are many chanek aspects to them that are so fascinating I think they deserved inclusion.

Chanel was a facinating woman who lived in a fascinating era, so it’s odd that this book wasn’t gripping. Turns out Gabrielle was a bit of a fibber so there’d be 3 versions of major events in her life and rather than just including the true one in the book, you’d have to jump around to read all 3 which is not very fluid. The book is very detailed and insightful.

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Oct 03, amanda rated it really liked it. Return to Book Page. I would recommend reading a Chanel bio if you’re interested in fashion, in women in business, or in early 20th century life – but probably not this one.