Jérôme Gautier (a Paris based journalist and fashion historian), has created a sumptuous ode to Chanel via the greatest fashion photographers who ever lived.
Similar in format to Daniele Bott's Chanel: Collections and Creations, Gautier takes eleven key Chanel style elements and juxtaposes the original forms of the trademarks with current day innovations, letting Chanel's enduring style speak for itself.
Each chapter contains a brief history of the key style element and gorgeous archived and contemporary fashion photographs of models and celebrities:
Chapter 1: The Body Liberated - Chanel's fashions liberate women from corsets
Chapter 2: Little Black Dresses - The LBD and its place in fashion history
Chapter 3: Black into Night - Dresses go to ankle length for day, brushing the floor at night - black is no longer just for mourning
Chapter 4: Baroque Inspirations -Chanel is introduced to Venice by Misia - "queen of modern Baroque"
Chapter 5: 31, Rue Cambon - Chanel buys the building and adds surrounding properties to create Maison Chanel
Chapter 6: Youth and Evolution - Chanel's life - fact and fiction
Chapter 7: Simple Chic - The enduring appeal of Chanel hats
Chapter 8: Androgyne - Chanel creates clothes based on the comfort men enjoy
Chapter 9: From Tweed to Tweeds - Chanel's enduring corded tweed suit
Chapter 10: The Total Look - Accessorizing with Chanel
Chapter 11: Rebel - Chanel Fashion as defiant as the woman herself
At the end of the book is a legend to each fashion photograph. The photographer, model or celebrity, Chanel collection the item came from, magazine or book where it first appeared are all documented.
This book comes in a beautiful pink hardcover slipcase, measures 9 ½ by 12 5/8, contains 211 gorgeous color and black & white illustrations and weighs in at six pounds.
I also recommend:
Chanel: Collections and Creations by Danièle Bott - The book explores five central themes--the suit, the camellia, jewelry, makeup and perfume, the little black dress--and follows the threads from past to present to show how these key items have been rediscovered and reinvented by new designers.
Jacques Helleu & Chanel by Jacques Helleu - Jacques Helleu is the eye behind the House of Chanel's enduring image, having explored the meanings of this legendary brand in daring commercials and fabulous print ads for the past 40 years. He has given tangible, glamorous shape to the essential mystique of Chanel's perfumes. This beautifully designed and lavishly illustrated volume tells the story of Helleu's vision.