THE life and thoughts of a revolutionary fashion icon will be shared in a new biography, due for publication on November 4.
Written by Paul Morand, a confidante of the legendary designer, The Allure of Chanel paints a picture of the woman behind the myths. It was composed from a series of notes, taken by the author during several interviews with the elusive icon in the winter of 1946.
The story weaves together Chanel’s memories of her own life with comments on art, fashion, and philosophy. Morand also draws together portraits of her select circle of close friends, including Misia Sert, Erik Satie, Picasso, Igor Stravinsky, and Jean Cocteau among others.
Morand’s carefully constructed prose brings together the memories, ideologies, and opinions of arguably the most dominant figure in French fashion history. In this special edition, original sketches by Karl Lagerfeld accompany the text.
Through Morand’s notes and recollections, The Allure of Chanel builds a realistic yet intimate image of a brilliant, sometimes volatile woman and her unrivalled legacy.