Coco Chanel – The Illustrated world of a Fashion Icon – by Megan Hess
“in order to be irreplaceable, one must always be different” Coco Chanel This delightful book, beautifully illustrated by Hess herself is an enchanting narration of Coco Chanel’s life. Each page is lovingly put together with stunning illustrations and a small paragraph of text about Coco and how she became on of the most iconic fashions designers in the world. From the moment I opened the book, I could not put it down, it was almost if you were engulfed by the pages and become part of the story.
Born Gabrielle in 1883 in Saumur, the illegitimate daughter of a laundrywoman and a merchant, Coco managed to rise to the dizzy heights of top society, counting among her friends personalities such as Picasso, Dali and Winston Churchill.
Coco was famous for reinventing herself and leaving out things she did not want to remember. As you turn the pages of the book, you will discover that there are various versions on how she came to be called Coco, and you will be able to decide for yourself which one you believe is the real one.
This book provides great insight into the life of one of the most revered women of the 20th Century, a woman who in many ways, influenced the lives of many generations of women, by pioneering a revolution in fashion.
One of the others thing I liked about Megan Hess’s book is that, this is the kind of story you can share and enjoy with your daughter, women of all ages and quite possibly men too. This is a book I would happily keep forever on my bedside table to read again and dip in out of for inspiration.
Published by Hardie Grant Books (£12.99)
Available at Waterstones and through Amazon.