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Chanel: The Vocabulary of Style [Hardcover]

Jerome Gautier
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29 Nov 2011
Gabrielle Coco Chanel was, without doubt, the most influential designer of the 20th century. This book honours her influence by celebrating the key elements that defined and still define her style through inspired pairings of classic and contemporary photographs. Juxtaposing fashion plates from Chanels own time with the most recent creations by Karl Lagerfeld, such as Cecil Beaton's portrait of Coco Chanel presented alongside one of Cate Blanchett by Lagerfeld himself, the resonance between archive and contemporary photographs becomes sharp, vibrant and telling. The vocabulary of Chanels style the little black dress, baroque inspirations, androgynous chic is revealed in eleven chapters that compare original forms in the 1920s with the full range of their later expressions through every fashion era. Chanels legendary fashion house continues to captivate a huge audience with an insatiable appetite for one of fashions undisputed style perennials.
--This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press; Slp edition (29 Nov 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780300175660
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300175660
  • ASIN: 0300175663
  • Product Dimensions: 33.3 x 25.4 x 3.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,822,669 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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`It's big, it's glossy, it's gorgeous' --The Observer

'A visual feast'
--ASOS Magazine --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Chanel: Vocabulary of Style 6 Nov 2011
Format:Hardcover
Coco Chanel was the most influential fashion designer of the 20th century. Inspiring later designers such as Jil Sander, Helmut Lang and Donna Karan. She changed the way women dressed forever, creating classic chic clothes for active emancipated women.

Chanel's vocabulary of style - the little black dress, baroque details, androgyny are all presented here. The book cleverly juxtaposes fashion plates from Chanel's own time with the most recent creations by Karl Lagerfeld. The contrast and similarities between archive and contemporary fashion photographs gives this book its charm. The book has masses of terrific photography, by some of the world's most famous photographers, Richard Avedon, Karl Lagerfeld, Nick Knight and Mario Testino are just some of the gifted photographers whose work appears in this volume.
In addition to hundreds of photos, the book has a comprehensive biography of Coco (Gabrielle) Chanel, charting her story from penniless seamstress to fashion icon. An uncompromising woman who defied the conventions of her time, not only in her work, but also in her life.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful looking book. 17 Jan 2013
By Dil
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Bought for a friend I was not able to flick through the pages because it was sealed but I was very happy to be able to present a very classy looking book to a very classy person.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Chanel through the eyes of the greatest fashion photographers 2 Nov 2011
By Kindle Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
57 of 58 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Mostly Lagerfeld 14 Feb 2012
By macmccat - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I received this as a requested gift and although it features some beautiful photography, I'm disappointed and annoyed--because I think it's being marketed in a way that would have you believe it's about Coco Chanel--but it's really not. What it does is give her some lip service with a smattering of photos. The balance--roughly 75%--is about Karl Lagerfeld and Chanel magazine ads from the 90's & 2000"s; which I've already been bombarded with for the past 20 years.

I'm interested in fashion history from the early 20th century and wanted a biography / historical timeline of Coco Chanel's collections and was hoping for a substantial coffee table book featuring ONLY that. Does such a thing exist? Or must every recent publication pay homage to Lagerfeld? I'm asking because I'd love a tried and true recommendation if anyone has one.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Chanel: The Vocabulary of Style 30 Dec 2011
By Lilly Ford - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This is a wonderful book showing a stunning collection of Chanel's creations both from the past and the present along with multiple shots of Coco Chanel.
The book is large and thick full of spectacular photographs both color and b/w showing the pieces at their best.
The book also contains concise chapters detailing the sources of inspiration behind the creation of the illustrated garments, thus, putting the pieces in a wider context.
This is a highly recommended book for all fans of Chanel and beautiful fashion photography.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Chanel or Lagerfeld? 17 May 2013
By Catherine Thoms - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Don't buy this book if Coco Chanel is your real interest. Twice now I've purchased a book I thought would be mostly about La Chanel only to find it is mostly eulogizing Karl Lagerfeld. I'm beginning to think that any author who wants to access the Fashion House's historical records can't do so unless Lagerfeld gets top billing. I won't get caught again.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Chanel: Vocabulary of Style 28 Jan 2012
By Gordon Ross - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Coco Chanel was the most influential fashion designer of the 20th century. Inspiring later designers such as Jil Sander, Helmut Lang and Donna Karan. She changed the way women dressed forever, creating classic chic clothes for active emancipated women.

Chanel's vocabulary of style - the little black dress, baroque details, androgyny are all presented here. The book cleverly juxtaposes fashion plates from Chanel's own time with the most recent creations by Karl Lagerfeld. The contrast and similarities between archive and contemporary fashion photographs gives this book its charm. The book has masses of terrific photography, by some of the world's most famous photographers, Richard Avedon, Karl Lagerfeld, Nick Knight and Mario Testino are just some of the gifted photographers whose work appears in this volume.
In addition to hundreds of photos, the book has a comprehensive biography of Coco (Gabrielle) Chanel, charting her story from penniless seamstress to fashion icon. An uncompromising woman who defied the conventions of her time, not only in her work, but also in her life.
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