Coco Chanel: A Biography

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Bloomsbury, 2009 - Costume designers - 388 pages
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Chanel's rise from penniless orphan to millionaire designer - 'inventing' sportswear, the little black dress and No. 5 - makes compelling reading. Axel Madsen negotiates Chanel's smoke screens with skill, bringing this woman to life in all her alluring complexity. Reissued to coincide with the film Coco avant Chanel, starring Audrey Tautou.

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Axel Madsen (born May 27, 1930) was a Danish-American biographer and journalist. Born in Copenhagen and raised in Paris, Madsen turned from music to writing in the early 1950s, initially for the Paris edition of the

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