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Legend and Life of Coco Chanel by Justine Picardie Term Paper

… Coco Chanel: The Legend and the Life by Justine Picardie



Justine Picardie's Coco is a glitzy celebration of designer Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel's life. From the first chapter entitled "Mademoiselle is at Home," the reader sees how Coco herself helped to cultivate this sense of "celebration" -- an aura of mystique, mythical importance, fashionableness, and elitism. For example, Picardie quotes Coco as saying, "When my customers come to me, they like to cross the threshold of some magic place" (Picardie 1). Like Hitchcock, Coco wanted to provide an experience -- not just a piece of clothing.



The biography details the experience that Coco offered those around her -- the Romantic appeal that she tapped into (even if it was a…. [read more]

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