Saturday, December 24, 2011

BOOK REVIEW: "Chanel and Her World"

Cover of "Chanel and Her World"Cover of Chanel and Her WorldBy Jacqueline Mary

Gabrielle (Coco) Chanel did not just live like a fashion tycoon who invented pants. She had an artist's enthusiasm for fashion.

She lived among the most prominent figures of her time and added credit to their circles. She was a determined social ladder climber who climbed into high society from poverty. She democratized fashion. She liberated women so that they could see themselves as being worthy of wearing pants like men.

"Chanel and Her World" is the preferred Chanel biographical book for fashionistas who want lightweight reading. Of course, this book for fashionistas is filled with pictures of fashion and other scenes that offer a window to the glamour lifestyle.

This is also a book for fashionistas because it features a perspective and writing style that seems to come directly from high fashion magazines.

People outside high society can appreciate this book because it caters to a normal vocabulary and a short attention span. It is substantive, insightful, and articulate enough to elevate the reading level and mind of a typical college student.

The writer manages to combine lightweight reading with a complete narrative by writing about many topics that tie into the larger theme of Chanel's world. "Chanel and Her World" is a good addition to college libraries. It is relevant, intelligent, and straightforward enough to be chosen as assigned reading at a typical college.

"Chanel and Her World" also chronicles a rags to riches life story that can appeal to people outside high society. Coco Chanel can seem like a more relatable person to readers because of her impoverished countryside background. High society originally rejected her and discriminated against her. That rejection humanizes the stiff and private fashion mogul.

"Chanel and Her World" does not deserve the status of a modern classic, or even a top selling book. It is a lightweight book filled with too many pictures to allow more room for text. The writer does not shed enough light on Coco Chanel's character, psyche, or even manage to cover everything basic about her life.

The author is insightful enough to offer a clear perspective. However, that perspective is oversimplified and puts a mere fashion designing businesswoman on a historic pedestal.

The best insights in the book are on fashion, which is a relatively trivial topic. The author's most insightful writing in the book described Chanel customers as being like recovering fashion victims who were liberated by Coco Chanel's designs.

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