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Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for cock us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Coco Chanel by Axel Madsen. A Biography by Axel Madsen. The name means fashion and perfume, emancipation and casual feminine allure.
Gabrielle Chanel began as a kept woman making hats for her lover’s other mistresses and went on to become fashion’s greatest career woman. She never married or had children, but men like Igor Stravinsky and the Duke of Westminster abandoned their families for her.
Now Axel Madsen tells Cha Chanel. Now Axel Madsen tells Chanel’s story. Scheduled to become a TV miniseries starring Jane Seymour. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Coco Chanelplease sign up. Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. There are a handful of books written about her so I tried to do my homework and find the best one to read.
After finishing Madsen’s account, I appreciated her thoroughness but often found her sentences to be bulky and over-sophisticated. I did appreciate her neutral account and felt there was little conjecture on her part. I knew a bit about Gabrielle’s destitute beginnings and quite a bit about her rags to couture story. Happily the book explored how the war changed everything for women. This moment of drastic change and the perfect setting for Chanel to streamline the way women dress.
Wartime put women in factories, driving ambulances, and even encouraged them to slim down in cchanel to use less fabric. While there was plenty written about her famous perfume I was disappointed her handbags weren’t mentioned at all.
There are many design aspects to them that are so fascinating I think they deserved inclusion. Overall I felt like there cyanel a lot of great information here, despite so many bloated sentences. I would have liked to hear more about her designs and how they changed over time. I felt like this book was focused more on the people she knew, rather than to imprint on fashion.
Sheesh, this took way too long for me to get through! I had saved this biography for last out of a group of them I had gotten for Christmas, chansl it’d be the best but I was very wrong.
Chanel: A Woman of Her Own by Axel Madsen
nadsen There were of course some interesting parts such as the fashion but overall, it was much less interesting than I was expecting. Turns out Gabrielle was a bit of a fibber so there’d be 3 versions of major events in her life and hcanel than just including the true one in the book, you’d have to jump chanep to re Sheesh, this took way too long for me to get through!
Turns out Gabrielle was a bit of a fibber so there’d be 3 versions of major events in her life and rather than just including the true one in the book, you’d have to jump around to read all 3 which is not very fluid. There was also a bit more French War history than I preferred, just stick with the main topic, please!
Aug 25, Jessica rated it it was ok. This biography is a bit of a rough read, but interesting all the same. Shockingly, Chanel attempted to white wash her life from early on.
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Madden as an illegitmate second child, after her mother’s death she and her sisters were sent to an orphanage. Later in life she would describe as living with her aunts.
This is just a small piece, she would eventually ignore any family she had. After reading this she must have been a very difficult person to get a long with or please, but that is what made her This biography is a bit of a rough read, but interesting all the same.
My prejudice against this book comes down to the fact that I couldn’t warm to Coco at all. Granted the most successful people have to exert a degree of ruthlessness but in this case Chanel is ruthlessness personified.
My admiration for what she achieved as a business woman is marred by her need to be loved by men and the exceptions she made about her own ambitions as a women in contrast with her endorsement of the patriarchal view of the woman as the domesticated creature who should have no des My prejudice against this book comes down to the fact that I couldn’t warm to Coco at all.
My admiration for what she achieved as a business woman is marred by her need to be loved by men and the exceptions she made about her own ambitions as a women in contrast with her endorsement of the patriarchal view of the woman as the domesticated creature who should have no desire to further her own understanding of the world.
I think the amount of time it took me to finish this book says it all – it was interesting enough to finish, but not interesting enough to stop me from putting it down whenever some new must-read came along. Chanel was a facinating woman who lived in a fascinating era, so it’s odd that this book wasn’t gripping. I would recommend reading a Chanel bio if you’re interested in fashion, in women in business, or in early 20th century life – but probably not this one.
Jan 06, Annie W. I didn’t finish this book. I honestly thought it would be interesting but I found it to be confusing with so many places and people. You would definitley have to have a slow reading pace to finish this book.
I did not enjoy it. I am completley fascinated by Gabrielle. While the book more steers of into her and alot less her fashions. Cant say it was the best biography ever but decent.
Definitely preferred the film to the novel. It describes life that Chanel lived, but doesn’t tell about her personality or feelings. Also some photos of Chanel’s mmadsen famous desings would’ve been nice. Caroline rated it it was ok Jul 11, Susan Delgado rated it it was ok Feb 05, Connie Fauble rated it it was ok Sep 19, Veeresh rated it it was ael Nov 14, Jmscoco rated it it was ok Jan 28, Laura Chappetto rated it it was ok Mar 02, Maharajan rated it it was ok Dec 15, Destiny rated it it was ok Jun 25, Sirous rated it it was ok Nov 05, Tricia rated it it was ok Jul 24, Wynne Chan rated it it was ok Aug 30, Christine rated it it was ok Jan 17, Danielle Andrews rated it it was ok May 12, Saya chabel it it was ok Nov 11, Eva rated it it was ok Nov 08, Hanna-mari rated it it was ok Dec 08, Megan rated it it was ok Nov 21, Denise rated it it was ok Dec 04, There are no discussion topics on this book yet.
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