Chanel: A Woman of Her Own

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Macmillan, Sep 15, 1991 - Biography & Autobiography - 400 pages
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Chanel. The name means fashion and perfume, emancipation and casual feminine allure. Gabrielle Chanel began as a kept woman making hats for her lover's other mistresses and went on to become fashion's greatest career woman. She never married or had children, but men like Igor Stravinsky and the Duke of Westminster abandoned their families for her. Now Axel Madsen tells Chanel's story. Scheduled to become a TV miniseries starring Jane Seymour. 32 illustrations.
  

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Review: Chanel: A Woman of Her Own

User Review  - Catherine - Goodreads

A informative book that gets off to a very slow start in the first 50 pages, but nicely picks up speed. An in-depth look into who Coco Chanel was, and who she preferred to present to the world. Less ... Read full review

Review: Chanel: A Woman of Her Own

User Review  - Nancy - Goodreads

The author made it very clear that Mme. Chanel re-wrote her personal history based upon whim, circumstances or necessity. It is not that she was a chameleon, more a very serious and determined woman ... Read full review

Contents

A Family to Disavow
3
Orphans Foundlings and Illegitimates
10
Coco
19
Balsan
27
Gold Diggers and Claudines
33
Royallieu
43
Boy Capel
49
Rue Cambon
56
Competition
195
Iribe
202
Tragedy at Play
207
Popular Front
212
A Brave Face
218
Closing the House of Chanel
228
Spatz
237
How Will It All End?
248

First Success
64
War
71
Misia and Distractions
83
Spurned
91
TWO
103
Grief
105
Stravinsky
115
Glitter and No 5
128
The Wertheimers
137
Bendor
147
The Poet
156
To Be a Duchess Perhaps
166
Death in Venice
173
THREE
179
Cutting Prices
181
Hollywood
188
Operation Modellhut
254
Exile
261
Years of Oblivion
271
FOUR
279
Comeback
281
Unmistakable Influence
291
Youthquakes
302
Coco or Kate
312
One Hundred Forever
320
Death on a Sunday
328
Afterlife
330
Notes on Sources
338
Bibliography
365
Index
371
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About the author (1991)

Axel Madsen was a biographer and journalist. Born in Denmark and raised in Paris, he first began writing for the Paris edition of The New York Herald Tribune. He moved to Los Angeles in the 1960s, where he wrote biographies of Coco Chanel, Billy Wilder, John Jacob Astor, and Jacques Cousteau among others. He died in 2007.

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