Coco Chanel : A Biography
by Axel Madsen
Editor: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
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Coco Chanel, the genius of fashion may have been distilled in simplicity, but his life was an extravaganceA brilliant range of lights fell under his spell – Picasso, Churchill, Cocteau; amateurs included the Grand Duke Dimitri; the English wheel, Boy Capel; a French poet; and, a German spy and the Duke of Westminster, who offered to leave his wife for her permanently, if she would only make him an heirParadoxically, even if she could have been considered, in some fires, as a pioneer of the feminist – sacrificing the marriage of a career revolutionary in haute couture – Chanel couture was totally disconcerted by the idea of women’s is politicsEducated women”A woman’s education consists of two lessons: never leave home without tights, never go out without a hat.”Chanel rose from penniless orphan millionaire designer penniless to “invent” sportswear, little black dress and number 5 – convincing fact of reading, not less because she was inclined to design her own life as skillfully as she did to her fashionAxel Madsen negotiates Chanel smoke screens with skill, to bring this tempting woman to life in all her seductive complexity
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