I used to read books all the time when I studied English but this fell to the wayside when I started a career which took over my life. Since giving all of that up I can get back to my first love.
The Little Book of Chanel is by Emma Baxter-Wright and published by Carlton Books. It was a good light read about one of my favourite topics; fashion. Carlton Books are an international publisher based in London and they publish illustrated books for adults and children on a range of interesting topics and hobbies such as art, photography, history, puzzles and many more.
The book is a good concise history of Coco Chanel’s brand and focuses mostly on the early years and the rise of Chanel with small sections on accessories, jewellery, beauty and fragrance and the Chanel 2:55 Bag.
The front cover is matte black with glossy white lettering which reflects the simple elegance that Chanel tried to bring about all those years ago. The first word you read when you pick up the book is Chanel as it is in the standard Chanel logo font. I knew it was about Chanel but I wasn’t sure what it was fully about so I guess that’s what makes you pick it up! The cover also has a faint quilting pattern which is similar to a Chanel handbag which I thought was a nice touch.
The book is well worth a read if you are a fashion student and / or just generally want a brief but detailed review of Chanel’s life. It discusses her early years and how she went on to start her successful clothing empire which is still around today.
There is a large section which covers Chanel’s style and how the periods influenced her designs over the years. It discusses the influence of Chanel in a 1940’s war zone and post war France. Later pages discusses her last years and there is also a chapter on Lagerfeld and his influence on the brand after he took the helm after her death. Lastly there are some sections on Chanel accessories and beauty and fragrance. There isn’t a lot about these and I think these could be expanded upon but the book does do exactly what it says on the tin really as it’s a ‘little’ book of Chanel.
I like the fact that there are many photographs and captions. I also think the tone is just right as it basically tells a story in a formal way but is not complicated to follow. I learnt a lot about the reasons Chanel designed her clothes and developed her style the way she did.
Sometimes the captions refer to photos over the page so you may be flicking back and forth to read it but this didn’t take away from my enjoyment of the book.
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The book was provided to me free of charge by Carlton Books for the subject of a review however I chose the book myself. Please note also the book is unofficial.