Back in print in a beautiful new paperback edition is Overlook's magnificently illustrated tribute to the fashion icon Coco Chanel. 2009 sees Chanel very much en vogue, with two new films about her life being released.
Coco Before Chanel stars Audrey Tautou as Coco Chanel. It is a biographical look at how she went from a poverty stricken childhood to establishing the House of Chanel.
Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky has Anna Mougalis in the title role and explores the designers relationship with Russian composer, pianist and conductor, Igor Stravinsky, with whom she had a passionate affair in 1920. Current Chanel Creative Director, Karl Lagerfeld gave his full support to both films, allowing access to the Chanel archives and collaborating on pieces for the big screen.
In Overlook's Chanel: The Couturiere at Work, by Amy de la Haye and Shelley Tobin, Chanel is seen up close: her career, her style, her workroom, her customers, and her rivals. The business as well as the art of high fashion are thoroughly chronicled, including the dissemination of a look, the marketing of the world s most successful perfume, and the building of an international name. 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. The final chapter is based on an interview with Karl Lagerfeld who took over the designing of the line with astounding success and continues to make it fresh for new generations of clients, often by interpreting Chanel's signature designs with great wit and panache.