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Nonfiction: Biography / Fashion
Unabridged   16.5 hour(s)
Publication date: 09/30/2014


Coco Chanel and the Pulse of History

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Audio CD ISBN:9781622315314
Digital Download ISBN:9781622315321


A stunning new biography of Coco Chanel—the high priestess of twentieth-century fashion—that examines her critical place in history and the ingenious powers by which she internalized and transmitted the cultural trends of her time.

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Little black dresses. Fake pearls. Jersey knit. Blazers. Ballet flats. Today—and for nearly the last hundred years—we all see some version of Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel every time we pass a woman on the street. But few among us realize that Chanel’s role in the events of the twentieth century was as pervasive as her influence on fashion, or how deeply she absorbed and then brilliantly reimagined the historical currents around her. Here, with unprecedented detail and ambition—and through fascinating, thoroughly researched portraits of Chanel’s lovers and friends—Rhonda Garelick shows us the Chanel who conquered the world: a woman who thirsted to create others in her image, who ruthlessly and innovatively borrowed from her famous (and infamous) intimates, who understood the idea of branding and image well ahead of her time, who created “wearable personality.” This is Chanel at the nexus of history: a woman of daring, passion, and legendary vision, in a wonderful biography that gives her long-awaited due.


“Gilbert shines as she brilliantly brings to life “Mademoiselle’s” on- and offstage life...”
      —Booklist Starred Review [March 15, 2015]

“Tavia Gilbert gives a solid rendering of the drama of Chanel’s eventful life. Recommended for public libraries and fans of fashion or history.”
      —Library Journal [April 1, 2015]

Author Bio

RHONDA K. GARELICK writes on fashion, the arts, and cultural politics. Her books include Rising Star: Dandyism, Gender, and Performance in the Fin de Siecle (Princeton University Press), Electric Salome: Loie Fuller's Performance of Modernism (Princeton), and, as co-editor, Fabulous Harlequin: ORLAN and the Patchwork Self (University of Nebraska Press). Her work has appeared in numerous journals and museum catalogs in the United States and Europe. She is a Guggenheim fellow and has also received awards from the Getty Research Institute, the Dedalus Foundation, the American Association of University Women, the Whiting Foundation, and the American Council of Learned Societies. Garelick received her B.A. and Ph.D. in Comparative Literature and French from Yale University.

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