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    DescriptionJustine Picardie has spent the last decade puzzling over the truth about Coco Chanel, attempting to peel away the accretions of romance and lies. In this full-scale biography we finally discover the history of the incredible woman who created the way we look now. Coco Chanel was an extraordinary inventor - she conjured up the little black dress, bobbed hair, trousers for women, contemporary chic, best-selling perfumes, and the most successful fashion brand of all time - but she also invented herself, fashioning the myth of her own life with the same dexterity as her couture. While Chanel was supreme innovator and vendor of all things elegant and beautiful, what lies beneath her own glossy myth is far darker. Throwing new light on her passionate and turbulent relationships, this beautifully constructed portrait gives a fresh and penetrating look at how Coco Chanel made herself into her own most powerful creation. Justine Picardie brings the mysterious Gabrielle Chanel out of hiding, to celebrate her great achievements. She examines Chanel's enduring afterlife, as well as her remarkable life, uncovering the consequences of what she covered up, unpicking the seams between truth and legend, yet keeping intact the real fabric of her past.

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    Coco Chanel
    The Legend and the Life
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Justine Picardie, Read by Cassandra Harwood
    Physical properties
    Format: Downloadable audio file
    ISBN 13: 9780007377374
    ISBN 10: 0007377371

    BIC E4L: BIO
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T4.1
    BIC subject category V2: BGF
    BISAC V2.8: BIO005000
    DC22: 746.92092
    BIC subject category V2: AKT
    BIC children’s book marketing category: E5F79
    BISAC V2.8: DES005000, DES013000
    Thema V1.0: AKT, DNBF
    Edition statement
    Illustrations note
    200 col illus
    HarperCollins Publishers
    Imprint name
    HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
    Publication date
    16 September 2010
    Publication City/Country
    Author Information
    JUSTINE PICARDIE is the author of five books, including her critically acclaimed memoir If The Spirit Moves You. The former features director of British Vogue, she is currently a fashion columnist for Stella and also writes for several other newspapers and magazines, including the Sunday Telegraph, Harpers Bazaar and Red. She lives in London with her two sons.