On Sale: March 17, 2015
Featuring: Gabrielle Chanel
Hardcover / e-Book
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Fiction | Historical
For readers of The Paris Wife and Z comes this vivid novel full of drama, passion,
tragedy, and beauty that stunningly imagines the life of iconic fashion designer
Coco Chanel—the ambitious, gifted laundrywoman’s daughter who revolutionized
fashion, built an international empire, and become one of the most influential and
controversial figures of the twentieth century.
Born into rural poverty, Gabrielle Chanel and her siblings are sent to orphanage
after their mother’s death. The sisters nurture Gabrielle’s exceptional sewing
skills, a talent that will propel the willful young woman into a life far removed
from the drudgery of her childhood.
Transforming herself into Coco—a seamstress and sometime torch singer—the petite
brunette burns with ambition, an incandescence that draws a wealthy gentleman who
will become the love of her life. She immerses herself in his world of money and
luxury, discovering a freedom that sparks her creativity. But it is only when her
lover takes her to Paris that Coco discovers her destiny.
Rejecting the frilly, corseted silhouette of the past, her sleek, minimalist
styles reflect the youthful ease and confidence of the 1920s modern woman. As
Coco’s reputation spreads, her couturier business explodes, taking her into
rarefied society circles and bohemian salons. But her fame and fortune cannot save
her from heartbreak as the years pass. And when Paris falls to the Nazis, Coco is
forced to make choices that will haunt her.
An enthralling novel of an extraordinary woman who created the life she desired,
Mademoiselle Chanel explores the inner world of a woman of staggering ambition
whose strength, passion and artistic vision would become her trademark.
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