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Her involvement with the Baron von Dincklage might have been the simple comfort of romance at an age when most women give up on even expecting it, or it might have been something more nefarious. She was a tyrant to people she didn’t like but she was also generous to many artists and supported some of them financially.

The aaxel is very detailed and insightful. She is a single-focused, highly intelligent woman who sacrificed everything to prove a point to herself. Maharajan rated it it was ok Dec 15, Apr 15, Melinda Flaugher rated it really liked it.

This is the first biography that I have read of Coco Chanel, so perhaps the book is skewing my view, but under the exciting people, places, and glamorous events I was madssen to find Coco was not exactly what I imagined. Born as an illegitmate second child, after her mother’s death she and her sisters were sent to an orphanage.


The book included much more political history than I expected, which was a pleasant surprise. It was an amazing biography and I learnt chane, much about her life and her mentality towards women. Coco learned to dress make from the nuns at the orphanage and began working at a dressmakers.

Less than 30 pages actually delves into her design process, it’s much more of a biographey of Chanelher life and her influences, her lovers, and friends, than a tome into creating eduring style. I had of course heard of Chanel but not de Wolfe.

Chanel: A Woman of Her Own

I learned a great deal more than what I could even imagine about this iconic woman and her involvement in getting America to come on board with WWII.

I had a hard time getting through the second half of the book. Cocl Madsen does however, is provide the reader with a very detailed account of who this woman is and the events that lead her to the person she becomes.

Was she a heartless Nazi sympathizer or just a woman with I had a hard time deciding between “it was ok” and “I liked it” for this book. Feb 13, Katherine rated it liked it. An in-depth look into who Coco Chanel was, and who she preferred to present to the world. My admiration for what she achieved as a business woman is marred by her need to be loved by men and the exceptions she made about her own ambitions as a women in contrast with her endorsement of the patriarchal view of the woman as the domesticated creature who should have no des My prejudice against this book comes down to the fact that I couldn’t warm to Coco at all.


I had no idea it was Coco Chanel who first took mens fashion and redesigned it for women. Scheduled to become a TV miniseries starring Jane Seymour. I have little knowledge chane, the histoy of fashion. Movies she costumed, crucial style elements, personalities she clothed, and shoulders she rubbed.

There were of course some interesting parts such as the fashion but overall, it was much less interesting than I was expecting. Destiny rated it it was ok Jun 25, This moment of drastic change and the perfect setting for Chanel to streamline the way women dress. She came up with so many things that women still wear today. Preview — Coco Chanel by Axel Madsen.

A Biography by Axel Madsen.

Chanel: A Woman of Her Own by Axel Madsen

The author made it very clear that Mme. Probably The first book I read on Chanel which made me want to read more. Granted the most successful people have to exert a degree of ruthlessness but in this case Chanel is ruthlessness personified. I am not a fashion conscientious person.

I had a hard time deciding between “it was ok” and “I liked it” for this book.