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Chanel: The Vocabulary of Style Hardcover – Nov 29 2011

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press; Slp edition (Nov. 29 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300175663
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300175660
  • Product Dimensions: 25.4 x 3.9 x 33.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #78,757 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“This elegant, beautifully designed volume features hundreds of photographs, both classic and contemporary, often shot by photographers who are themselves legendary.”—Globe & Mail
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About the Author

Jérôme Gautier is a journalist and fashion historian. A passionate collector of fashion magazines, he lives and works in Paris.

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I received my 'Chanel: The Vocabulary of Style' book today and I absolutely love it - the photos are superb and it's also a very interesting read. I have read other reviews regarding this book being mostly about Karl Lagerfeld's work, but in my case I am very glad that it does focus so much on his designs, because I have been a long-time fan of his work, so to me, this book is perfect. However it also has other photos of Coco Chanel's designs worn by the models of her day. All the photographs are simply superb, and it also has several beautiful shots of Chanel herself. I also love the pink hardcover slipcase that this book comes in.

But beyond that I would like to say that never disappoints - I receive all my books in a very timely manner and they ALWAYS arrive in absolutely pristine condition. The corners are never bent in because their packaging is second-to-none. I will continue to be an shopper because I've come to trust that my books (which I love to collect) always arrive in perfect condition, which happens to be very important to me. In this day and age, service like that is worth it's weight in gold! Thank you Amazon!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Chanel through the eyes of the greatest fashion photographers Nov. 2 2011
By TVDIVA - Published on
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Jérôme Gautier (a Paris based journalist and fashion historian), has created a sumptuous ode to Chanel via the greatest fashion photographers who ever lived.

Similar in format to Daniele Bott's Chanel: Collections and Creations, Gautier takes eleven key Chanel style elements and juxtaposes the original forms of the trademarks with current day innovations, letting Chanel's enduring style speak for itself.

Each chapter contains a brief history of the key style element and gorgeous archived and contemporary fashion photographs of models and celebrities:

Chapter 1: The Body Liberated - Chanel's fashions liberate women from corsets

Chapter 2: Little Black Dresses - The LBD and its place in fashion history

Chapter 3: Black into Night - Dresses go to ankle length for day, brushing the floor at night - black is no longer just for mourning

Chapter 4: Baroque Inspirations -Chanel is introduced to Venice by Misia - "queen of modern Baroque"

Chapter 5: 31, Rue Cambon - Chanel buys the building and adds surrounding properties to create Maison Chanel

Chapter 6: Youth and Evolution - Chanel's life - fact and fiction

Chapter 7: Simple Chic - The enduring appeal of Chanel hats

Chapter 8: Androgyne - Chanel creates clothes based on the comfort men enjoy

Chapter 9: From Tweed to Tweeds - Chanel's enduring corded tweed suit

Chapter 10: The Total Look - Accessorizing with Chanel

Chapter 11: Rebel - Chanel Fashion as defiant as the woman herself

At the end of the book is a legend to each fashion photograph. The photographer, model or celebrity, Chanel collection the item came from, magazine or book where it first appeared are all documented.

This book comes in a beautiful pink hardcover slipcase, measures 9 ½ by 12 5/8, contains 211 gorgeous color and black & white illustrations and weighs in at six pounds.

I also recommend:

Chanel: Collections and Creations by Danièle Bott - The book explores five central themes--the suit, the camellia, jewelry, makeup and perfume, the little black dress--and follows the threads from past to present to show how these key items have been rediscovered and reinvented by new designers.

Jacques Helleu & Chanel by Jacques Helleu - Jacques Helleu is the eye behind the House of Chanel's enduring image, having explored the meanings of this legendary brand in daring commercials and fabulous print ads for the past 40 years. He has given tangible, glamorous shape to the essential mystique of Chanel's perfumes. This beautifully designed and lavishly illustrated volume tells the story of Helleu's vision.
116 of 117 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Mostly Lagerfeld Feb. 13 2012
By macmccat - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I received this as a requested gift and although it features some beautiful photography, I'm disappointed and annoyed--because I think it's being marketed in a way that would have you believe it's about Coco Chanel--but it's really not. What it does is give her some lip service with a smattering of photos. The balance--roughly 75%--is about Karl Lagerfeld and Chanel magazine ads from the 90's & 2000"s; which I've already been bombarded with for the past 20 years.

I'm interested in fashion history from the early 20th century and wanted a biography / historical timeline of Coco Chanel's collections and was hoping for a substantial coffee table book featuring ONLY that. Does such a thing exist? Or must every recent publication pay homage to Lagerfeld? I'm asking because I'd love a tried and true recommendation if anyone has one.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars i love this coffee book July 7 2016
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i love this coffee book. got one for my coffee table and one as a gift for my girlfriend.
20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Chanel: The Vocabulary of Style Dec 30 2011
By Lilly Ford - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This is a wonderful book showing a stunning collection of Chanel's creations both from the past and the present along with multiple shots of Coco Chanel.
The book is large and thick full of spectacular photographs both color and b/w showing the pieces at their best.
The book also contains concise chapters detailing the sources of inspiration behind the creation of the illustrated garments, thus, putting the pieces in a wider context.
This is a highly recommended book for all fans of Chanel and beautiful fashion photography.
22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Chanel or Lagerfeld? May 17 2013
By Catherine Thoms - Published on
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Don't buy this book if Coco Chanel is your real interest. Twice now I've purchased a book I thought would be mostly about La Chanel only to find it is mostly eulogizing Karl Lagerfeld. I'm beginning to think that any author who wants to access the Fashion House's historical records can't do so unless Lagerfeld gets top billing. I won't get caught again.