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Amy de la Haye, Shelley Tobin

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ISBN 13: 978-0-87951-639-0
Trim Size: 11 1/2 x 9

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In the years around World War I, Chanel challenged the fashion world head on. Jersey knit fabrics, easy-to-wear garments based on men's sportswear, showy costume jewelry, and the little black dress are just a few of her innovations that have become part of permanent style. In this lavishly illustrated book, for the first time the focus is on Chanel the couturière and her immense influence on the way women dress in the modern world. Using previously unpublished material from the Chanel archive and the Victoria and Albert Museum's Dress Collection, the great designer is seen up close: her career, her style, her workroom, her customers, and her rivals. The final chapter is based on an interview with Karl Lagerfeld, who took over the designing of the line with astounding success.
Chanel chronicles the business as well as the art of high fashion, including the dissemination of a look, the marketing of the world s most successful perfume, and the building of an international empire. As exciting as a front-row seat at a couture show, this is a compelling look at the fashion empire of one of the indisputable geniuses of twentieth century fashion.

"A classic."

Amy de la Haye is an Assistant Curator in the Textiles and Dress Collection of the Victoria and Albert museum. She is the author of The Fashion Source Book and coauthor of The Illustrated Dictionary of Twentieth Century Design and Costume.

Shelley Tobin is Curator of Costume for the National Trust in Devon, England. She is the author of Les Ballet 1933 and Denims: From Workwear to High Fashion.

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