Gospel According to Coco Chanel: Life Lessons from the World's Most Elegant Woman

Gospel According to Coco Chanel: Life Lessons from the World's Most Elegant Woman

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By (author) Karen Karbo, Illustrated by Chesley McLaren

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  • Publisher: Skirt!
  • Format: Hardback | 240 pages
  • Dimensions: 147mm x 198mm x 25mm | 476g
  • Publication date: 15 September 2009
  • Publication City/Country: Guilford, CT
  • ISBN 10: 1599215233
  • ISBN 13: 9781599215235
  • Edition: 1
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 22,701

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A modern look at the life of a legendary fashion icon with practical life lessons for women of all ages Delving into the long, extraordinary life of renowned French fashion designer Coco Chanel, Karen Karbo has written a new kind of self-help book, exploring Chanel s philosophy on a range of universal themes from style to passion, from money and success to femininity and living life on your own terms. Born in 1883 in a poorhouse in southern France, Chanel grew up to be the woman who not only gave us the little black dress and boxy jackets, but also bestowed upon women a chic freedom that helped usher them into the modern era. Elegant, opinionated, and passionate, she was the only fashion icon among TIME magazine s 100 Most Influential People of the 20th Century. The Gospel According to Coco Chanel is a captivating, offbeat look at style, celebrity, and self-invention all held together with droll Chanel-style commentary and culled from an examination of Chanel s difficult childhood and triumphant adulthood, passionate love affairs, and eccentricities. Warner Brothers set to release a major motion picture on this subject, Coco Before Chanel, in Fall 2009."

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Karen Karbo is the author of three novels, all of which were named New York Times Notable Books; four nonfiction books including How to Hepburn, which the Philadelphia Inquirer called an exuberant celebration of a great original, and The Stuff of Life, a People Magazine s Critic s Choice and three books for young adults. Her essays, articles, and reviews have appeared in the New York Times, Outside, Elle, Vogue, More, and salon.com. Chesley McLaren, known as The French Illustrator in New York for her Francophile style, has also worked as a Fifth Avenue fashion designer. She is the author/illustrator of several books, and her work has appeared in Town & Country, Vogue, InStyle, and Elle."

Customer reviews

By Gemma 14 Oct 2011 4

I recieved this book as a birthday present and haven't been able to put it down. I love the witty humour of Karbo and the life lessons are very thought provoking. Karbo uses famous quotes from Coco Chanel to base these 'life lessons' on and uses examples from Chanel's life that inspire you to give things a try. Part lifestyle guide and part biography, this is a fantastic book and I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys good fashion and a good read.

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"Anyone with a good sense of humor should hugely enjoy, or should I say enjoie, Karen Karbo's funny and stylish take on Coco Chanel. Like a little black dress, this handy life guide will take you from day into evening. K.K. on C.C.: oui, oui!"--Henry Alford, author of "How to Live: A Search for Wisdom from Old People""(While They are Still on This Earth)""Wise, witty, and refreshingly colloquial, "The Gospel According to Coco Chanel" is an enchanting tour through the complex, often controversial life of fashion icon Chanel. Filled with relevant life lessons for the modern woman, this book is Karbo at her irrepressible best." --Hilary Black, editor of "The Secret Currency of Love: The Unabashed Truth About Women, Money, and Relationships"

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A MODERN LOOK AT THE LIFE OF A LEGENDARY FASHION ICON With practical life lessons for women of all ages ADVANCE PRAISE FOR THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO COCO CHANEL Anyone with a good sense of humor should hugely enjoy, or should I say enjoie, Karen Karbo s funny and stylish take on Coco Chanel. Like a little black dress, this handy life guide will take you from day into evening. K.K. on C.C.: oui, oui! Henry Alford, author of How to Live: A Search for Wisdom from Old People (While They Are Still on This Earth) Wise, witty, and refreshingly colloquial, The Gospel According to Coco Chanel is an enchanting tour through the complex, often controversial life of fashion icon Chanel. Filled with relevant life lessons for the modern woman, this book is Karbo at her irrepressible best. Hilary Black, editor of The Secret Currency of Love: The Unabashed Truth About Women, Money, and Relationships"