Chanel: An Intimate Life

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Penguin UK, Oct 6, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 512 pages

In Chanel: An Intimate Life, acclaimed biographer Lisa Chaney tells the controversial story of the fashion icon who starred in her tumultuous era

Coco Chanel was many things to many people. Raised in emotional and financial poverty, she became one of the defining figures of the twentieth century. She was mistress to aristocrats, artists and spies. She broke rules of style and decorum, seducing both men and women, yet in her work expected the highest standards. She took a 'plaything' and turned it into a global industry which defined the modern woman. Filled with new insights and thrilling discoveries, Lisa Chaney's Chanel provides the most defining and provocative portrait yet.

'Chaney's research is laudable, uncovering fresh details of Chanel's well-trodden rag trade to riches story' Evening Standard

'An unflinching examination of the historically inscrutable designer' Vogue

Lisa Chaney has lectured and tutored in the history of art and literature, made TV and radio broadcasts on the history of culture, and reviewed and written for journals and newspapers, including The SundayTimes, the Spectator and the Guardian. She is the author of two previous biographies: Elizabeth David and Hide-and-Seek With Angels: The Life of J.M. Barrie.

 

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Contents

List of Illustrations Introduction
Youre proud youll suffer
Forebears
The Bad
The Lost Years
Things thatIshould beand whichIam not 5 A Rich MansGame 6 Captive Mistress 7 Arthur Capel
Refashioning Paris 9 The Rite ofSpring 10 The End of an Epoque 11 Master of Her
The War Bansthe Bizarre 13 Remember that yourea woman
Alone
Beginning Again
Copyright

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Lisa Chaney has lectured and tutored in the history of art and literature, made TV and radio broadcasts on the history of culture, and reviewed and written for journals and newspapers, including The Sunday Times, the Spectator and the Guardian. She is the author of two previous biographies: Elizabeth David and Hide-and-Seek With Angels: The Life of J.M. Barrie.