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Coco Chanel. Ein Leben.

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Sie hat die Grundlinie der Mode im 20. Jahrhundert geprägt. Sie kürzte den Rock, schuf das Badekostüm der Frau, den Modeschmuck und »das kleine Schwarze«, das ein Grundbestandteil der modernen Damengarderobe ist. Sie brachte das erste Parfum auf den Markt, das nicht nach einer Blume roch. Durch sie wurde Paris das Modezentrum der Welt: Coco Chanel. Ihre Biographie ist das ...more
Paperback, 441 pages
Published April 1994 by Fischer-Taschenbuch-Verl (first published 1974)
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Sophie Chloe
very historically written, sometimes hard to understand. i kinda love it though!
Cristiana Lupu
I am not a big fashionista, nor will I be, so I was not particularly interested in Coco Chanel - the fashion influencer. However, having received this book as a gift, I dived right into it, hoping that the exciting life of Coco would entrance me and make me finish the book in no time. I've had mixed feelings along the way, which I would summarize like this - written in a precious French style which I could guess from the translation, it puts Coco in a faint background and describes more the cult ...more
Philipp Müller
I mean I'm still reading it. And I found it by accident in a nursing home where I worked at that time. The book is about emancipation of the woman by just being herself, especially when it comes to what it means to dress as a woman at that time. She grew up in the late 19. century as a orphan, ( her father still lived at that time but put her and her siblings into the hands of nuns at a cloister...) and began her career as a fashion designer in the early years of the 20. century. The circumstanc ...more
Iulia Moldovan
I was interested in finding out more about her creative side and her business but instead I learned about politics and what not. Too many unnecessary details, in my opinion.
I was going through a stage in my life when I was absolutely fascinated by women who achieved their dreams after experiencing hardships in their lives.

Chanel was an amazing woman who was a forward thinker and way ahead of her time. This book is so well written and the author gives a marvelous insight to Coco Chanel. Her innovative 'fake' jewelery collections, the infamous 'little black dress' and of course, her signature perfume - Chanel No. 5. It's all here in this great book.
I am fortunate enough to own an early 'coffee table sized' edition of this work, which contains many photographs and illustrations of CoCo's public and private life and creativeness. I note many other biographies that I have subsequently read of this incredible person's life refer back to this author's work and rightly so. In paperback or illustrated (narrative almost identical) I found this work immensely readble and enlightening.
C'est vraiment très intéressant. Chanel était une personnalité plutôt ambiguë sous beaucoup d'aspects, mais force est de constater que son itinéraire force le respect.
En ce qui concerne la biographie, l'écriture est un peu pénible parfois, surtout dans ses premiers chapitres, avec un grand abus de points de suspension et de grandes déclarations mélodramatiques.
Jade Webber-crothers
I really enjoyed this book, It was very well written and gives you an insight into to her very interesting life. Chanel was an amazing woman who was a forward thinker and way ahead of her time.
Readin g in Frensch - harder than I thought... I have to admit that I didn´t understand every word and at some point I stopped thumbing the dictionary - so I couldn´t really start judging this book.
A very personal look at Chanel. If the author weren't so utterly charming, her voice would get in the way. As it is, it adds spice to an already fairly piquant story.
Sarah Léa
May 22, 2007 Sarah Léa marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everybody
3 movies about Mademoiselle Chanel next year...
Please dream your own before being mediattacked !
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