Chanel's combination of tradition, originality and style has always made it the most seductive of brands. This book opens the private archives of the House of Chanel, revealing a galaxy of brilliant designs created by Coco Chanel from the 1920's through several decades and then reinterpreted by Karl Lagerfeld into brand new garments, accessories and beauty products.
Inspired by the House's signature fragrance, the legendary ‘Chanel No 5’, the book explores five central themes – the suit, the camellia, jewelry, fragrances and make-up, and the little black dress – and follows the threads from past to present to show how these key items have been rediscovered and reinvented by fashion designers working in the footsteps of their illustrious predecessors. This visual journey of 159 illustrations is enhanced by previously unpublished archive photographs and original drawings by Karl Lagerfeld, as well as glorious images from some of the greatest names in fashion photography.
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