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Lists with This Book. Shockingly, Chanel attempted to white wash her life from early on. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Of course, she invented the “little black dress.

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She had many lovers but never settled down because she liked her independence too much and wanted to continue working. I always knew I would like her – and her story was not a disappointment. Optimally I’d like canel give a 3. Probably The first book I read on Chanel which made me want to read more. Before her success she live on men’s money and love of her life helped her financially when she realized that it’s boring not to madaen.

Moving, inspiring, other times riveting book. Overall I felt like there was a lot of great information here, despite so many bloated sentences. Things we take for granted today like the little black dress, sling back shoes, the quilted bag, a suit, and a long strand of pearls, all exist simply because Chanel was wholly original and willing to take risks. In he moved to Canada and began working for United Press International. Seriously a rags-to-riches story and yet full of strange contradictions in her personality and relationships.

Chanel: A Woman of Her Own by Axel Madsen

One thing I can apprecaite chanep her dedication to liberating women from corsets and restictive clothing. Happily the book explored how the war changed everything for women.

I had a hard time deciding between “it was ok” and “I liked it” for this book. Some parts of the story represented something to Hollywood tell all, this person dated this person and did this. Chanel was a facinating woman who lived in a fascinating era, so it’s odd that this book wasn’t gripping.


As with all people and situations, Coco Chanel is not a “black and white” personality but is a crea The author takes a very thorough approach to the introduction of Coco Chanel from her parents onward. Want to Read saving…. I had a hard time getting through the second half of the book. This moment of drastic change and the perfect setting for Chanel to streamline the way women dress.

Preview — Chanel by Axel Madsen. My prejudice against this book comes down to the fact that I couldn’t warm to Coco at all. Or, like me, you could remain confused and just admire her very evident talent for design. Books by Axel Madsen. I didn’t finish this book. While the book more steers of into her and alot less her fashions.

I chnael thought it would be interesting but I found it to be confusing with so many places and people. Of course she is not likeable, and no, she is not a genius. Movies she costumed, crucial style elements, personaliti This was really quite interesting: Here’s evidence that she was inspired by those she inspired, and I’d give anything for a community like that! This book also covers her involvement with a Nazi officer, zxel is omitted from many of the Chanel stories.

Destiny rated chanell it was ok Jun 25, I was pleasantly surprised by the political history that was included. Fascinating and quite sad. But for reasons I can’t really put my finger on, Axel Madsen’s telling of her story left me cold. She was an xhanel in her day because she was a very successful bu Very thorough biography about Coco Chanel from childhood to her death. A brilliant array of luminaries fell under her spell – Picasso, Churchill, cocteau- lovers included the Grand Duke Dmitri; the English roue, Boy Capel; a French poet- a German spy and the Duke of Westminster, who offered to leave his wife for her permanently, if she would bear him an heir.

I don’t think I picked the best biographer. Coco learned to dress make from the nuns at the orphanage and began working at a dressmakers.


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Preview — Coco Chanel by Axel Madsen. She had no money, but she always had influence because she believed in herself completely. Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel changed the way women dress forever with her simple, modern approach to clothing. Ze vond altijd weer oplossingen. I coo love this biography of Coco Chanel.

After reading this she must have been a very difficult person to get a long with or please, but that is what made her This biography is a bit of a rough read, but interesting all the same. It’s interesting to see what kind of person is behind timeless, stylish and comfortable fashion. I learned a great deal more than what I could even imagine about this iconic woman and her involvement in getting America to come on board with WWII.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. She led an interesting life and after her death, her legacy continued through work ethic and in the fashion industry like a suntan which was shoned, the Chanel suit and the little black dress.

Also some kind of a glossary or guide to all the various people that show up would’ve been helpful since I couldn’t keep them straight.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. I assumed, because she was so hardworking, she would stay open but she didn’t.

Saya rated it it was ok Nov 11, Turns out Gabrielle was a bit of a fibber so there’d be 3 versions of major events in her life and rather than just including the true one in the book, you’d have to jump around to re Sheesh, this took way too long for me to get through!