Chanel

Chanel
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Harold Koda and Andrew Bolton. With contributions by Rhonda Garelick, Karl Lagerfeld, Caroline Rennolds Milbank, Kenneth E. Silver, and Nancy J. Troy.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Yale University Press. 2005. Hardback, white cloth, glassine dust jacket. 215 pages. Approx. 150 full-page colour plates illustrating the clothes in full and in detail. 315 x 250mm (12 x 9"). 1.7kg. English. Near fine; the glassine jacket is lightly sunned on the spine, with a small nick at the base of the spine and some light surface wear, otherwise excellent.

Published to coincide with the Chanel exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York in 2005. 'This splendid book examines the legacy of Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel, one of the twentieth century's great icons of style. While Chanel mythologized her glamorous life through relentless self-invention, the bare facts of her biography are no less worthy than her legend: born of a poor family in the provinces and raised in a convent, she was an entertainer and the mistress of men of impeccable social standing, and she began her career not as a dressmaker but as a milliner. Chanel's enduring influence is necessarily based on the long shadow cast over fashion by her maison couture. Chanel examines the history of the House of Chanel both thematically and chronologically, introducing ideas and elements of biography as they were expressed in her collections. Period examples are juxtaposed with the work of Karl Lagerfeld, who, beginning in 1983, just over 10 years after Chanel's death, reinvented and revolutionized the House's identity. It is in Lagerfeld's masterful and often irreverent interpretations of Chanel's work, as well as his mixing of influences from high and low culture, that the historic importance of Chanel and the resonance of her image as the independent, elegant modern woman are both defined and reasserted for the contemporary world.' (from the publisher's description).