November 2007

Chanel - Collections and Creations

Thames & Hudson

  • 181A High Holborn
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44 0(20) 7845 5000

abc Chanel Collections And Creations xyz is a beautiful edition celebrating the glamour and tradition of the legendary French fashion house created by milliner, Gabrielle Bonheur “Coco” Chanel in the early 1910s. Chanel began her career creating hats and later became credited with popularizing such fashion staples as the little black dress, the tweed suit, the Deauville look, multiple strands or pearls, etc. The book is essentially divided into five main chapters each depicting another aspect of the Coco’s style: The Suit, The Camellia, Jewelry, Fragrance & Beauty and The Black Dress. Each chapter goes in-depth into these hallmarks of Chanel’s effortless style.

This wonderfully illustrated book contains 159 illustrations, 101 of which are in color. Many of the photos illustrate the same iconic Chanel “look” from the Gabrielle Chanel era alongside the Karl Lagerfeld era. Whether it be the tweed suit or the “little black dress” these photos illustrate the timeliness of the Chanel brand and the manner in which head designer Karl Lagerfeld has gone about staying true to these traditions all the while putting his on innovative spin on the house. Chanel Collections And Creations is a great retrospective and history of one of the most legendary labels in all of fashion.

Reviewer: Monika Earle, FIDM Library Staff Member