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The Gospel According to Coco Chanel: Life Lessons from the World's Most Elegant Woman [Hardcover]

Karen Karbo , Chesley McLaren
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Sept. 1 2009
Delving into the long, extraordinary life of renowned French fashion designer Coco Chanel, Karen Karbo has written a new kind of book, exploring Chanel's philosophy on a range of universal themes - from style to passion, from money and success to femininity and living life on your own terms.
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“Anyone with a good sense of humor should hugely enjoy, or should I say enjoie, Karen Karbo's funny and stylish take on Coco Chanel. Like a little black dress, this handy life guide will take you from day into evening. K.K. on C.C.: oui, oui!”

—Henry Alford, author of How to Live: A Search for Wisdom from Old People (While They are Still on This Earth)

"Wise, witty, and refreshingly colloquial, The Gospel According to Coco Chanel is an enchanting tour through the complex, often controversial life of fashion icon Chanel. Filled with relevant life lessons for the modern woman, this book is Karbo at her irrepressible best."

—Hilary Black, editor of The Secret Currency of Love: The Unabashed Truth About Women, Money, and Relationships

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Delving into the long, extraordinary life of renowned French fashion designer Coco Chanel, Karen Karbo has written a new kind of book, exploring Chanel’s philosophy on a range of universal themes—from style to passion, from money and success to femininity and living life on your own terms.

Born in 1883 in a poorhouse in southern France to unmarried parents, Chanel was raised in a convent after her mother died when she was six and her father abandoned her. The nuns taught her to sew, and while working as a café singer in the early 1900s she began designing hats for fun. Her lovers included a wealthy English industrialist, who helped her set up her own millinery shop and steered his society friends her way.

Chanel grew up to be the woman who not only gave us the little black dress and boxy jackets, but also popularized pants for women and easy, practical clothes that allowed women a chic freedom they’d never known before. In her strong-headed, elegant, opinionated, passionate, entirely French way, Coco Chanel helped bring women into the modern era. She was the only fashion icon to be named one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People of the 20th Century.

The Gospel According to Coco Chanel is a captivating, offbeat look at style, celebrity, and self-invention—all held together with Karbo’s droll Chanel-style commentary and culled from an examination of Chanel’s difficult childhood and triumphant adulthood, passionate love affairs, career choices, habits, eccentricities, and personal philosophies. Weaving Chanel’s life story into chapter themes that subtly convey life lessons, and with Chesley McLaren’s charming illustrations, it will leave the reader utterly entranced with, and inspired by, Chanel’s amazing individuality, confidence, and determination.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable Dec 19 2010
By pud
Format:Hardcover
I really enjoyed this book. After watching 2 recent movies about Coco (one with Audrey Tatou and the other with Shirley McLaine) I was aware of much of Coco's life story, but this author brings many extra interesting stories and opinions about her life. It discusses frankly her relationship with a Nazi, her rivalry with other fashion houses and her own philosophy about elegance and luxury.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting read March 20 2013
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Really enjoyed this book. Good reading on Coco Chanel. It's amazing the influence she has on the fashions we wear today.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly informative! Feb. 18 2013
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I smugly thought, I knew quite a lot about Chanel and her life, having read many books, and having seen movies, about her as well. She was in my view a fascinating, elusive woman. I found this book well researched, fun to read, and informative. I learned a great deal more about her, and it provided me with a better appreciation, for what a creative genious, she really was. Bravo!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A fun and educational book to read. Jan. 6 2013
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This was an enjoyable book to read. It was entertaining while educating on Coco Chanel's life and personality. I think both men and women would enjoy the book for its social and business content. The author provides the material from the viewpoint of today while filling us in on the era of Coco Chanel. I would recommend the book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Insightful, Fun and a great read! July 25 2010
By Barbara
Format:Hardcover
This book was such a surprising easy, good read. I could not put it down! I laughed many times! I also felt inspired by the author's description of this great lady who grew into being "Coco Chanel". Chanel's strengths and weaknesses are presented in a light and breezy way that doesn't take anything away from what Mademoiselle accomplished, but doesn't make her out to be a better person than she was either. If you want a clear summary of the life and times of Coco Chanel, plus an overview of what made Chanel fashion, style, elegance and luxury READ THIS BOOK!
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