Saturday, 24 September 2011

Coco Chanel Biography Reissued With The 'Lagerfeld Factor'


You may recall the biography Coco Chanel: The Legend and the Life, written by British journalist and writer Justine Picardie, published last year. Picardie is the ultimate Chanel expert, having researched the designer's iconography; from a stay at Aubazine Abbey in France - the 12th century Cistercian abbey run by nuns as an orphanage, where Coco grew up - to meeting the designer's great-niece Gabrielle, who allowed Picardie to try on clothes originally belonging to Coco, hidden away in a bedroom wardrobe. Picardie recalls the moment she wore pieces from fashion's history, including an autumnal-tone coat and a soft cream tweed jacket, writing, "Slipping my hands into her pockets, I discovered a white handkerchief and gloves still scented with her perfume". 
Chief designer for Chanel, Karl Lagerfeld, read the biography and was so taken by its content, that he drew a series of illustrations (he's an artist and photographer as well as designer); redesigning the cover, layout and font of the book, as well as tweaking the title. The book has now been re-issued with the help of Lagerfeld's long-time publisher, Steidl and the second edition is now available to buy in the UK. For more info head HERE.



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