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The Gospel According To Coco Chanel

February 23, 2012

I recently read this book, and I have to say, it completely inspired me! I knew Coco Chanel was an incredible woman but I had NO idea what an unbelievable life she lived!

This book tells the story of Madame Chanel’s life through a series of milestones relating to some excellent life lessons women should infuse their life with. The author speaks in a very casual, no nonsense way that is completely entertaining, while she back-and-forths from her own admiration of Coco and her hunt for and iconic wardrobe item to the most spectacular stories of the designer’s life.

Chanel was a uniquely independent women, forging her own way and rebelling against the times where women were seen as meek objects content to be constrained in body morphing corsetry under piles frilly fabrics. Chanel almost single handedly transformed fashion to what us women have come to enjoy it as today by simply adapting the concepts of mens wear (functional, comfortable, unrestrained) and making it elegant.

The sequence of events that helped make her empire what it was, is nothing short of extraordinary. From lovers she took (some of the richest men in Europe) and friends she made (the list reads like a who’s-who of 20th century art) to the serendipitous events of being in the exact right place and right time she regularly found herself in, made jersey dresses, the LBD,  tweed suits and that lust-worthy quilted purse all possible.

Even if you are not a fan of Chanel, this book is full of inspiration from an empowering female figure that leaves the reader feeling entitled to fulfill their dreams.

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