The Allure of Chanel

The Allure of Chanel
Author: Paul Morand
Publsiher: Pushkin Press
Total Pages: 180
Release: 2013-05-17
ISBN: 1782270574
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Allure of Chanel Book Excerpt:

The story of Coco Chanel s life, as told by her to Paul MorandCoco Chanel invited Paul Morand to visit her in St Moritz at the end of the Second World War when he was given the opportunity to write her memoirs; his notes of their conversations were put away in a drawer and only came to light one year after Chanel's death. Through Morand's transcription of their conversations, Chanel tells us about her friendship with Misia Sert, the men in her life - Boy Capel, the Duke of Westminster, artists such as Diaghilev, her philosophy of fashion and the story behind the legendary Number 5 perfume...The memories of Chanel told in her own words provide vivid sketches and portray the strength of Coco's character, leaving us with an extraordinary insight into Chanel the woman and the woman who created Chanel.'It's an interesting memoir because it s all about what she thinks not what she did.' --David Patrick Columbia, The New York Social Diary'Morand was a citizen of the world, with a sharp eye and a neat turn of phras-- The Tablet'This enchanting, tiny book is the closest anyone can get to a face-to-face with Coco. It's written in her voice ('that voice that gushed forth from her mouth like lava') and in her words ('those words that crackled like dried vines'), and though it's full of lies, omissions and contradictions, there's enough raw truth in it to reflect the extraordinary woman who was Chanel, even though glimpsed shard by shard in a broken mirror.' --The Spectator'Paul Morand recaptures a WWII-era conversation between the author and the fashion icon. --Publisher's Weekly'Reads beautifully ... this enchanting book is the closest anyone can get to a face-to-face with Coco... written in her voice and in her words.'--The Spectator 'Without a doubt the best French writer of the 20th century.' Philippe Sollers'Morand was the all-round aesthete.' Nicholas Lezard, The Guardian'Admired both by Ezra Pound and by Marcel Proust as a pioneer craftsman of Modernist French prose (...) The sheer shapeliness of his prose recalls Hemingway; the urbanity of his self-destructiveness compares with Fitzgerald's; and his camera eye is as lucidly stroboscopic as that of Dos Passos. He is, like Victor Segalen, Blaise Cendrars, Valery Larbaud, and Saint-John Perse, one of the great nomads of 20th-century French literature, racing through the apocalypse with the haste and glamor of an Orient Express. It is a pity we should have had to wait this long to catch up with him.'--The New York Times;Paul Morand was born in Paris in 1888 and after studying at the Ecole des Science Politiques he joined the diplomatic corps, serving in London, Rome, Berne and Bucharest. His first collection of stories Tender Shoots (Tendres Stocks, 1921), had an introduction by his friend Marcel Proust. In a long and busy life, he found time to write poetry, novels, short stories and travel books. Morand was made a member of the Academie Francaise in 1963. He was married to the Romanian princess Helene Soutzo, and he died in 1976.

Living with Coco Chanel

Living with Coco Chanel
Author: Caroline Young
Publsiher: White Lion Publishing
Total Pages: 192
Release: 2019-09-03
ISBN: 0711240345
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Living with Coco Chanel Book Excerpt:

Gabrielle ‘Coco’ Chanel was one of the most influential and ground-breaking fashion designers of the twentieth century. This beautifully illustrated biography tells her remarkable story in a unique and accessible way, examining how the homes and landscapes of her life relate to her work. From her childhood at the convent at Aubazine to her boutique and apartment on Rue Cambon in Paris and her villa, La Pausa, on the French Riveria, Chanel’s style was inspired and influenced by her environment. Emerging at a time that allowed women to be more independent, she designed clothes that let them be free. As she found fame, love and success, she used the memories of her past, and the way that she lived, to forge her own independence. Featuring designs, drawings, archive imagery and contemporary photography, Living with Coco Chanel provides a fascinating insight into Chanel’s life, work and legacy.

Leaders

Leaders
Author: Stanley McChrystal,Jeff Eggers,Jason Mangone
Publsiher: Penguin UK
Total Pages: 304
Release: 2018-10-23
ISBN: 0241336333
Category: Business & Economics
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Leaders Book Excerpt:

'People don't quit their jobs, they quit their bosses... The action of leadership is not leading, it's teaming... Leadership is the ecosystem that the leader cultivates' General Stanley McChrystal In Leaders, retired four-star General Stanley McChrystal has written a passionate call to arms, looking to redefine what it means to be a successful leader in today's world. The bestselling author dismantles the outdated Great Man theory of leadership proving that exceptional leaders are not defined by their personalities or achievements but the environments they cultivate. By profiling pairs of iconic leaders from Alexander the Great and Mark Zuckerberg to Winston Churchill and Steve Jobs to Robert E. Lee and Harriet Tubman, McChrystal analyses how each has responded to similar challenges and what we can learn from them. His research, bolstered by decades of management experience from his first day at military academy to his most recent work with the corporate clients of the McChrystal Group, leads him to construct a ground-breaking new paradigm: Effective leadership is not about the leader themselves but the environment they create.

Chanel

Chanel
Author: Lisa Chaney
Publsiher: Penguin UK
Total Pages: 512
Release: 2011-10-06
ISBN: 0141972998
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Chanel Book Excerpt:

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.

Fashion Brands

Fashion Brands
Author: Mark Tungate
Publsiher: Kogan Page Publishers
Total Pages: 243
Release: 2005
ISBN: 9780749442996
Category: Business & Economics
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Fashion Brands Book Excerpt:

Analyzes fashion from a marketing perspective including brands, logos, advertising and psychology.

The Real Coco Chanel

The Real Coco Chanel
Author: Rose Sgueglia
Publsiher: White Owl
Total Pages: 224
Release: 2020-06-30
ISBN: 1526761041
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Real Coco Chanel Book Excerpt:

Coco Chanel lived her own life as a romantic heroine. Fueled by 19th century literature, she built a life which was partly myth and partly factual. She was the fashion designer everyone admired. The business woman whose fortune was impossible to track. She was also a performer, lover of many high profile intellectuals and, as believed by many, a Nazi spy. Her life was, extraordinarily, affected by history (the Nazi movement and World War II), symbolism and literature. This biography explores her life from her troubled and poor past to the opening of her first hat shop, passions and secrets; the biography also draws parallelisms between myths and facts and how, and if ever, they match at all. The biography also features chapters on the Chanel Maison and the creation of her iconic trademark as well as her ‘little black dress’ and ‘Chanel No 5’. Finally, the biography ends with a reflection on how the myth of Coco Chanel is represented today in pop culture.

Luxury

Luxury
Author: Peter McNeil,Giorgio Riello
Publsiher: Oxford University Press
Total Pages: 351
Release: 2016
ISBN: 0199663246
Category: Affluent consumers
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Luxury Book Excerpt:

The first ever global history of luxury, from Roman villas to Russian oligarchs: a sparkling story of novelty, excess, extravagance, and indulgence through the centuries

Fashion Film

Fashion Film
Author: Nick Rees-Roberts
Publsiher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Total Pages: 240
Release: 2018-12-13
ISBN: 1472519183
Category: Design
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Fashion Film Book Excerpt:

The moving image has become a key marketing tool for luxury fashion, central in enabling brands to shape their visual codes and extend their brand awareness. Fashion Film is the first detailed study of the shifting shape of fashion imagery in the digital age, investigating the role of the moving image in the promotion, communication and spectacle of contemporary fashion. Combining interdisciplinary analysis of cinema and digital culture, this ground-breaking book traces the emergence of fashion film in the 21st century through its historical roots in pre-digital forms of photography, experimental cinema, mass-media advertising and documentary film-making, right up to today's visual spread of contemporary fashion on video blogs, online magazines and live-streamed catwalk shows. Examining collaborations between fashion designers and pioneering image-makers such as Guy Bourdin, Jean-Paul Goode, William Klein and Nick Knight, the book highlights the critical tension between the fashion film conceived as a creative endeavour and as commercial enterprise. Fashion Film also includes a parallel focus on factual representations of fashion through the recent rise of documentary fashion film that goes behind the scenes to follow the processes and personalities involved in making fashion. Accessible and well-illustrated, Fashion Film will appeal to students and scholars of fashion, film, media, photography, celebrity, sociology and cultural studies.

Dandyism and Transcultural Modernity

Dandyism and Transcultural Modernity
Author: Hsiao-yen Peng
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 280
Release: 2015-01-28
ISBN: 1136941754
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Dandyism and Transcultural Modernity Book Excerpt:

This book views the Neo-Sensation mode of writing as a traveling genre, or style, that originated in France, moved on to Japan, and then to China. The author contends that modernity is possible only on "the transcultural site"—transcultural in the sense of breaking the divide between past and present, elite and popular, national and regional, male and female, literary and non-literary, inside and outside. To illustrate the concept of transcultural modernity, three icons are highlighted on the transcultural site: the dandy, the flaneur, and the translator. Mere flaneurs and flaneurses simply float with the tide of heterogeneous information on the transcultural site, whereas the dandy/flaneur and the cultural translator, propellers of modernity, manage to bring about transformative creation. Their performance marks the essence of transcultural modernity: the self-consciousness of working on the threshold, always testing the limits of boundaries and tempted to go beyond them. To develop the concept of dandyism—the quintessence of transcultural modernity—the Neo-Sensation gender triad formed by the dandy, the modern girl, and the modern boy is laid out. Writers discussed include Liu Na’ou, a Shanghai dandy par excellence from Taiwan, Paul Morand, who looked upon Coco Chanel the female dandy as his perfect other self, and Yokomitsu Riichi, who developed the theory of Neo-Sensation from Kant’s the-thing-in-itself.

Couture Confessions ebook

Couture Confessions ebook
Author: Pamela Golbin
Publsiher: Rizzoli Publications
Total Pages: 272
Release: 2016-06-28
ISBN: 0847849058
Category: Design
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Couture Confessions ebook Book Excerpt:

Late legendary couturiers of modern fashion speaking eloquently about life, design, and inspiration. Vionnet, Chanel, Dior, Saint Laurent, McQueen—these names define haute couture, and long after the designers have passed away, their influence on fashion continues to be profound. In an exceptional compilation of the original words of these couturiers, Couture Confessions provides a unique and in-depth look at the lives and work of these fashion icons. In this engaging, beautifully designed book, Pamela Golbin, acclaimed chief curator of twentieth-century fashion and textiles at Paris’s Musée des Arts Décoratifs, has ingeniously constructed conversations in the designers’ own words that highlight their compelling personal stories as well as essential fashion "moments"—from designers Paul Poiret, Cristóbal Balenciaga, Madame Grès, Alexander McQueen, Madeleine Vionnet, and Gabrielle Chanel to Elsa Schiaparelli, Yves Saint Laurent, Jeanne Lanvin, Pierre Balmain, and Christian Dior.Featuring striking illustrations by internationally recognized illustrator Yann Legendre, each "interview" asks the questions every fashion lover has always wanted to ask, making these legends approachable, human, and ever more inspiring.

The Scent of Empires

The Scent of Empires
Author: Karl Schlögel
Publsiher: John Wiley & Sons
Total Pages: 220
Release: 2021-04-27
ISBN: 150954660X
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Scent of Empires Book Excerpt:

Can a drop of perfume tell the story of the twentieth century? Can a smell bear the traces of history? What can we learn about the history of the twentieth century by examining the fate of perfumes? In this remarkable book, Karl Schlögel unravels the interconnected histories of two of the world’s most celebrated perfumes. In tsarist Russia, two French perfumers – Ernest Beaux and Auguste Michel – developed related fragrances honouring Catherine the Great for the 300th anniversary of the Romanov dynasty. During the Russian Revolution and Civil War, Beaux fled Russia and took the formula for his perfume with him to France, where he sought to adapt it to his new French circumstances. He presented Coco Chanel with a series of ten fragrance samples in his laboratory and, after smelling each, she chose number five – the scent that would later go by the name Chanel No. 5. Meanwhile, as the perfume industry was being revived in Soviet Russia, Auguste Michel used his original fragrance to create Red Moscow for the tenth anniversary of the Revolution. Piecing together the intertwined histories of these two famous perfumes, which shared a common origin, Schlögel tells a surprising story of power, intrigue and betrayal that offers an altogether unique perspective on the turbulent events and high politics of the twentieth century. This brilliant account of perfume and politics in twentieth-century Europe will be of interest to a wide general readership.

Pop Culture in Europe

Pop Culture in Europe
Author: Juliana Tzvetkova
Publsiher: ABC-CLIO
Total Pages: 414
Release: 2017-10-12
ISBN: 1440844666
Category: Social Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Pop Culture in Europe Book Excerpt:

A fascinating survey of popular culture in Europe, from Celtic punk and British TV shows to Spanish fashion and Italian sports. • Makes connections between pop culture in Europe to that of the United States • Provides further readings and a bibliography at the end of the work • Includes sidebars throughout the text with additional anecdotal information • Features appendices with top-ten lists of songs, movies, and books

The Biopic in Contemporary Film Culture

The Biopic in Contemporary Film Culture
Author: Tom Brown,Belén Vidal
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 328
Release: 2013-12-17
ISBN: 1135950377
Category: Social Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Biopic in Contemporary Film Culture Book Excerpt:

The biographical film or biopic is a staple of film production in all major film industries and yet, within film studies, its generic, aesthetic, and cultural significance has remained underexplored. The Biopic in Contemporary Film Culture fills this gap, conceptualizing the biopic with a particular eye toward the "life" of the genre internationally. New theoretical approaches combine with specially commissioned chapters on contemporary biographical film production in India, Italy, South Korea, France, Russia, Great Britain, and the US, in order to present a selective but well-rounded portrait of the biopic’s place in film culture. From Marie Antoinette to The Social Network, the pieces in this volume critically examine the place of the biopic within ongoing debates about how cinema can and should represent history and "real lives." Contributors discuss the biopic’s grounding in the conventions of the historical film, and explore the genre’s defining traits as well as its potential for innovation. The Biopic in Contemporary Film Culture expands the critical boundaries of this evolving, versatile genre.

Sleeping with the Enemy

Sleeping with the Enemy
Author: Hal Vaughan
Publsiher: Vintage
Total Pages: 304
Release: 2011-08-16
ISBN: 0307957039
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Sleeping with the Enemy Book Excerpt:

“From this century, in France, three names will remain: de Gaulle, Picasso, and Chanel.” –André Malraux Coco Chanel created the look of the modern woman and was the high priestess of couture. She believed in simplicity, and elegance, and freed women from the tyranny of fashion. She inspired women to take off their bone corsets and cut their hair. She used ordinary jersey as couture fabric, elevated the waistline, and created bell-bottom trousers, trench coats, and turtleneck sweaters. In the 1920s, when Chanel employed more than two thousand people in her workrooms, she had amassed a personal fortune of $15 million and went on to create an empire. Jean Cocteau once said of Chanel that she had the head of “a little black swan.” And, added Colette, “the heart of a little black bull.” At the start of World War II, Chanel closed down her couture house and went across the street to live at the Hôtel Ritz. Picasso, her friend, called her “one of the most sensible women in Europe.” She remained at the Ritz for the duration of the war, and after, went on to Switzerland. For more than half a century, Chanel’s life from 1941 to 1954 has been shrouded in vagueness and rumor, mystery and myth. Neither Chanel nor her many biographers have ever told the full story of these years. Now Hal Vaughan, in this explosive narrative—part suspense thriller, part wartime portrait—fully pieces together the hidden years of Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel’s life, from the Nazi occupation of Paris to the aftermath of World War II. Vaughan reveals the truth of Chanel’s long-whispered collaboration with Hitler’s high-ranking officials in occupied Paris from 1940 to 1944. He writes in detail of her decades-long affair with Baron Hans Günther von Dincklage, “Spatz” (“sparrow” in English), described in most Chanel biographies as being an innocuous, English-speaking tennis player, playboy, and harmless dupe—a loyal German soldier and diplomat serving his mother country and not a member of the Nazi party. In Vaughan’s absorbing, meticulously researched book, Dincklage is revealed to have been a Nazi master spy and German military intelligence agent who ran a spy ring in the Mediterranean and in Paris and reported directly to Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels, right hand to Hitler. The book pieces together how Coco Chanel became a German intelligence operative; how and why she was enlisted in a number of spy missions; how she escaped arrest in France after the war, despite her activities being known to the Gaullist intelligence network; how she fled to Switzerland for a nine-year exile with her lover Dincklage. And how, despite the French court’s opening a case concerning Chanel’s espionage activities during the war, she was able to return to Paris at age seventy and triumphantly resurrect and reinvent herself—and rebuild what has become the iconic House of Chanel.

Perfume A Century of Scents

Perfume  A Century of Scents
Author: Lizzie Ostrom
Publsiher: Random House
Total Pages: 384
Release: 2015-10-22
ISBN: 1473506085
Category: Design
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Perfume A Century of Scents Book Excerpt:

The incredible stories of 100 perfumes from a whole century of scents. Signature scents and now lost masterpieces; the visionaries who conceived them; the wild and wonderful campaigns that launched them; the women and men who wore them – every perfume has a tale to tell. Join Lizzie Ostrom, dubbed ‘the Heston Blumenthal of perfume’ (Daily Mail), on an olfactory adventure as she explores the trends and crazes that have shaped the way we’ve spritzed.

Nailing It

Nailing It
Author: Robert L. Dilenschneider
Publsiher: Citadel Press
Total Pages: 288
Release: 2021-12-28
ISBN: 0806541768
Category: Business & Economics
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Nailing It Book Excerpt:

Mozart * Mary Shelley * Honore Daumier * Ulysses S. Grant * Einstein * Othmar Ammann * Helen Keller When you’re in your twenties, life can seem full of obstacles. Where’s that glorious career you dreamed of? How can you make your way past student debt, economic uncertainty, and other challenges of adulting? Respected advisor Robert L. Dilenschneider takes you into the pages of history to show how 25 fascinating and diverse twenty-somethings found their way and created their legacies. Elizabeth Kenny * Branch Rickey * Jackie Robinson * Coco Chanel * Golda Meir *Roberto Marinho * Do you think Albert Einstein had his science career together by his mid-20s? Actually, he was a clerk in a patent office. Maya Angelou became a beloved, acclaimed poet and writer after a string of odd jobs during her young adulthood. Steve Jobs was at the top of his game by age 25. But his beginnings were marked by adoption, displacement, bullying, and many more challenges lay ahead. This absorbing book examines the trajectories of iconic figures to reveal the choices that enabled them to fulfill their potential. Rita Levi-Montalcini * Edith Piaf * I.M. Pei * Akio Morita * Maria Tallchief * Maya Angelou * For those who are coming of age now, and for those who care about them and their futures, these eye-opening time capsules provide inspiration, instruction, and encouragement. Audrey Hepburn * Rudolf Nureyev * Sally Ride* Christa McAuliffe * Steve Jobs * Jean-Michel Basquiat Foreword by U.S. Ambassador Donald Blinken

Back in Fashion

Back in Fashion
Author: Giorgio Riello
Publsiher: Yale University Press
Total Pages: 289
Release: 2020-04-07
ISBN: 0300218842
Category: Design
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Back in Fashion Book Excerpt:

This engaging analysis of Western fashion explores the influence of fashion, taste, and style on people's actions and beliefs since the Middle Ages.

Model Under Cover Stolen with Style

Model Under Cover     Stolen with Style
Author: Carina Axelsson
Publsiher: Usborne Publishing Ltd
Total Pages: 320
Release: 2014-09-01
ISBN: 1409579603
Category: Juvenile Fiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Model Under Cover Stolen with Style Book Excerpt:

Hold on to your handbags and buckle up your heels – Axelle Anderson, undercover model, is back. When it comes to glamorous crimes of fashion, Axelle's discovered that modelling is the perfect cover for a wannabe detective. So when the world's most famous black diamond vanishes from a Vogue photo shoot, she jets straight to New York to investigate... "A high octane drama set in the glamorous and competitive world of fashion." - Julia Eccleshare

Classic Chic

Classic Chic
Author: Mary E. Davis
Publsiher: Univ of California Press
Total Pages: 332
Release: 2006-11-28
ISBN: 0520245423
Category: Music
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Classic Chic Book Excerpt:

Explores the relationship between music and fashion, charting the importance of these arts to the rise of transatlantic modernism. Focusing on the emergence of the movement known as Neoclassicism, this book demonstrates the importance of the linked endeavors of composition and couture to modernist thought.

France in the World

France in the World
Author: Patrick Boucheron,Stéphane Gerson
Publsiher: Gallic Books
Total Pages: 135
Release: 2021-08-19
ISBN: 1913547027
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

France in the World Book Excerpt:

A fresh, provocative history that renews our understanding of France in the world through short, incisive essays ranging from prehistoric frescoes to Coco Chanel to the terrorist attacks of 2015. Bringing together an impressive group of established and up-and-coming historians, this bestselling history conceives of France not as a fixed, rooted entity, but instead as a place and an idea in flux, moving beyond all borders and frontiers, shaped by exchanges and mixtures. Presented in chronological order from 34,000 BC to 2015, each chapter covers a significant year from its own particular angle – the marriage of a Viking leader to a Carolingian princess proposed by Charles the Fat in 882, the Persian embassy's reception at the court of Louis XIV in 1715, the Chilean coup d'état against President Salvador Allende in 1973 that mobilised a generation of French left-wing activists. France in the World combines the intellectual rigour of an academic work with the liveliness and readability of popular history. With a brand-new preface aimed at an international audience, this English-language edition will inspire Francophiles and scholars alike.