In 1955 I discovered Vogue Magazine. An elegant, exotic, exciting and completely new world spilled from the pages.
The one shoe store in our small town sold shoes in two colours – black and brown. White shoes for nurses. Clothing came in three styles – practical, matronly and Eaton’s catalog. I was young. I wanted more. I devoured Vogue. I discovered Coco Chanel.
My clothing budget was meager.
I raided Woolworth’s Five and Dime for strands of pearls.
I bought men’s tortoise shell frames for my eye glasses
I sewed white collars and cuffs onto my dark suits and black dresses.
And insanely and extravagantly I spent a weeks salary on a bottle of Chanel No 5 perfume.
All because of Coco Chanel!
MADEMOISELLE COCO CHANEL and the pulse of history by Rhonda K. Garelick is a riveting biography of one of the most fascinating woman of the 20th century.
If you admire Chanel. Love fashion. Adore Paris – then dive into this book for interesting new information about this woman who created a global icon – CHANEL NO 5.
This book is an intriguing glimpse into the life of Chanel – warts and all. If you find the tales of Chanel reinventing herself repetitious – ignore them! If the amount of words overwhelm you – skip a few pages. If you feel the photographs are too small – be clever and Goggle image of some of the men in her life. You’ll be rewarded with dozens of photographs of Boy Capel, Igo Stravinsky, Grand Duke Dmitri, Hugh Grosvenor, the Duke of Westminster and poet Pierre Reverdy.
Chanel transformed forever the way we dress. The little black dresses, flat shoes, elaborate costume jewelry, cardigan sweaters, jersey knits. She took women out of strait jacket corsets and put them into everything from evening dresses and her classic boucle suits to “boyfriend’s” clothes, fisherman’s sweaters and sailor pants. Today you see these fashions on women of every age and every background.
I continue my ongoing and long love affair with all things Chanel. Because of Chanel I fell in love with Paris and all things French. In my garden Camellias are blooming. White Camellias – Coco Chanel’s favorite flower.