Megan Hess Coco Chanel

Last updated: December 18, 2022

If you love fashion, chances are good you're a fan of Coco Chanel. She is the cream of the crop when it comes to style icons and heads of fashion houses. This illustrated book is beautifully designed and will make a fabulous addition to your library.

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Product Details

Key Takeaway: This book both informs and visually delights fans of Coco Chanel.

In our analysis of 13 expert reviews, the Megan Hess Coco Chanel placed 1st when we looked at the top 6 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

“In order to be irreplaceable, one must always be different” – Coco Chanel. Fashion is ever-changing, influenced by the key designers that capture a moment in history; and Coco Chanel is arguably the most significant influence on women’s fashion in the twentieth century. Coco Chanel: The Illustrated World of a Fashion Icon is a compilation of Megan Hess’ stunning illustrations of the 100 most quintessential moments through Chanel’s history, from Coco’s incredible life, to the impact of Karl Lagerfeld and the incredible items that have become fashion icons – the little black dress, the luxurious bags and accessories, glamorous jewellery and of course the renowned Chanel No 5 perfume. Interspersed with historical anecdotes and famous quotes from Coco herself, Karl Lagerfeld and other key fashion icons of the era, this book is an elegant and immersive introduction to the moments that shaped Coco and the iconic Chanel brand – and how fashion, in turn, shaped their lives.

Expert Reviews

What reviewers liked

Coco Chanel: The Illustrated World of a Fashion Icon is a gorgeous book, attractively presented and drawn with flair and wit. It serves as an excellent introduction to the world of high fashion and would make a lovely gift for a young niece.
It was interesting to read and it's absolutely gorgeous!
Interspersed with historical anecdotes and famous quotes this book gives you an accurate account of the woman who changed fashion forever. The illustrations are so detailed that you discover something new each time you browse the book.

What reviewers didn't like

There are no surprises here and anyone who has seen the 2009 Audrey Tatou film Coco Before Chanel will be familiar with much of the material presented here.
To say that this is a loosely told story is an understatement. For anyone who has ever read even a few of those 20 books it is readily apparent that the facts are told in a highly selective manner. If one wants to write a book about anyone who has been heavily exposed, then it is one’s responsibility to get the facts straight. Even though this book is told in a lighthearted and supposedly witty manner, that is no excuse to rewrite history or embroider it to suit one’s needs.
A lot of the writing was sub-par and repetitive. It kind of bothered me that they mostly skated over Coco Chanel's sketchy Nazi connections.
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