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Coco Chanel

Pearls, Perfume, and the Little Black Dress

Award-winning author Susan Goldman Rubin introduces readers to the most well-known fashion designer in the world, Coco Chanel. Beginning with the difficult years Chanel spent in an orphanage, Goldman Rubin traces Coco's development as a designer and demonstrates how her determination to be independent helped her gain worldwide recognition.

Coco Chanel focuses on the obstacles Chanel faced as a financially independent woman in an era when women were expected to marry; as well as her fierce competition with the Italian fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli; and some of her most memorable firsts for the fashion industry, including the little black dress, the quilted purse with gold chain, and the perfume Chanel No. 5. This book includes a bibliography and a list of places that readers can view Chanel's work.

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"Chanel was an industrious self-starter who worked her way from seamstress to hat maker. As she expanded her range, she was credited with originating the little black dress, trousers made for women, costume jewelry, and — perhaps most importantly — liberating women from their corsets and girdles. Rubin's simple, straightforward writing conveys not only the high styles of wealthy European women in the 1900s but also provides a glimpse into the limitations women faced during that time.... A well-researched primer packed with details on a significant trailblazer." — Melissa Kazan, School Library Journal

Product Details

Recommended Age 10 and up
Author Susan Goldman Rubin
ISBN 1419725440
Publication Date Mar 13, 2018
Publisher Harry N. Abrams
Language English