Mademoiselle, Coco Chanel and the Pulse of History

Firstly, thank you Random House and Netgalley for giving me an advanced reading copy of this book. It was an honour to read it.

Chanel is a name that needs no introduction and this memoir is no exception. Written by Rhonda Garelick it is a beautiful recollection of the life of the one and only Gabrielle Chanel. Anybody that is in anyway fashion obsessed will inevitably know the name and the world famous logo of entwined C’s.

This book explores her life and loves. From her lonely and tragic upbringing in a French orphanage to a step by step account of the fascinating life she led and how she undoubtedly become one of the richest and most famous woman of her time and beyond.

Steeped in history and takes you on an emotional journey and has some interesting photographs throughout the book. It’s researched impeccably and is bursting with facts about Gabrielle Chanel’s life, her siblings and her many lovers. It was utterly fascinating to read about the affairs and scandal that went on in a time that it was almost unheard of.

As a massive fan of Chanel and her work I’m delighted to have read this book. Not only was it packed with unknown information I got the feeling that I was being let in on a secret with every page I turned.

This is a lot more than a rags to riches story. It describes in great detail about how Chanel’s mind worked when it came to her business. It describes her love for all things luxurious and goes into great detail about the wars and the effect and sometimes inspiration these awful hard times had on Coco’s designs. Simply beautiful.


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