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Chanel : The Impossible Collection

Chanel : The Impossible Collection

by Alexander Fury
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Publication Date: 30/09/2019
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More than any other designer of her era, Gabrielle Chanel had the ability to predict the evolution of contemporary fashion.

Self-inventor extraordinaire, Chanel revolutionised the lifestyle of her time by inventing a modern concept of luxe minimalism, elevating humble fabrics such as jersey and tweed to couture status, giving birth to a new silhouette both sophisticated and discreet, setting her stamp on the twentieth century with her modern spirit of understated luxury.

The house of Chanel represents modern fashion. Under its founder, the style of the modern woman was invented, through the image of Gabrielle Chanel herself. She dressed women to be free, and her emancipated clothes reflected the shifting landscape of society. Her designs fundamentally affected what we wear, and how we wear it. The work of the house under her successor Karl Lagerfeld has transformed fashion anew: He drew the template for a fashion designer reviving a moribund house with elements from its own history. Just as Chanel created modern fashion, Lagerfeld in turn established the blueprint of the modern fashion house. She reshaped the clothes women wear, he reshaped the industry that makes them.

This book is a literary museum exhibition, a curated selection of 100 iconic and signature looks of the house of Chanel, from the timeless Little Black Dress to the impeccably simple tweed suit, the apothecary-style perfume bottle, two-tone pumps, abundant strands of faux pearls and stones, and diamond-quilted leather handbag, from Mademoiselle's revolutionary designs to Karl Lagerfeld's unexpected and even irreverent variations on her original codes.

Selected by fashion journalist Alexander Fury, Chanel: The Impossible Collection showcases the best images from the world's foremost editorial photographers, specialist museums, and private collections, including rarely seen archival photos, this handcrafted Ultimate Collection volume is the quintessential compendium for fashion aficionados.

ISBN:
9781614288107
9781614288107
Category:
History of art & design styles: from c 1900 -
Format:
Hardback
Publication Date:
30-09-2019
Publisher:
Assouline
Country of origin:
United States
Pages:
232
Dimensions (mm):
420x355mm
Alexander Fury

Alexander Fury is a fashion journalist, author and critic. He has recently been appointed Editor of AnOther Magazine.

In 2016, Fury was appointed the first Chief Fashion Correspondent at T: The New York Times Style Magazine. Prior to this, from 2013 to 2016 Fury was fashion editor of the Independent and the Independent on Sunday newspapers.

He was the inaugural Men's Critic for American Vogue.com, covering the Winter 2016 and Spring 2017 menswear seasons. Fury was the first journalist to receive the Editorial Intelligence Award for Fashion Commentator of the Year 2014-15, and was named one of InStyle magazine's twenty most powerful people in fashion in 2015.

His first book, Dior: Catwalk was published by Thames and Hudson in 2017.

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