Coco Chanel : Pearls, Perfume, and the Little Black Dress
Pearls, Perfume, and the Little Black Dress
Susan Goldman Rubin
Award-winning author Susan Goldman Rubin introduces readers to the most well-known fashion designer in the world, Coco Chanel. Beginning with the difficult years Chanel spent in an orphanage, Goldman Rubin traces Coco's development as a designer and demonstrates how her determination to be independent helped her gain worldwide recognition. Coco Chanel focuses on the obstacles Chanel faced as a financially independent woman in an era when women were expected to marry; as well as her fierce competition with the Italian fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli; and some of her most memorable firsts for the fashion industry, including the little black dress, the quilted purse with gold chain, and the perfume Chanel No. 5. The book includes a bibliography, a list of where to see her work, and an index. "Peppered with intimate fly-on-the-wall photographs, the pocket-sized monograph is this season's must-read for young – and not so young – fashionistas.", France Today "There are few more iconic individuals in the fashion world than Coco Chanel, and this book offers a fascinating look Into her life, including her classic designs and how she got into this competitive industry. From her famous quilted bags to the little black dress, there is plenty of inspiration to be had - it's a genuinely fascinating summer read.", Sew
Susan Goldman Rubin is the author of many biographies for young people, including Andy Warhol: Pop Art Painter, Diego Rivera: An Artist for the People, and Hot Pink: The Life and Fashions of Elsa Schiaparelli. She lives in Malibu, California.