|Creators:||De La Haye, Amy|
This book examines, contextualizes and privileges the couturière’s creative output, over the course of a career that spanned some sixty years. The narrative is sequenced chronologically to document the evolution and meteoric rise of Chanel’s international fashion empire and the products that bear her exclusive label: haute couture and ready-to-wear fashion clothing accessories, jewellery and perfume. Her performative designs for avant-garde dance and theatre, and for the stars of 1920s and 1930s Hollywood, which so clearly bore her signature, are also considered.
Chapter one identifies and evaluates the resources available to research this enigmatic woman in the context of the fashions she created. Whilst surviving garments, researched within international museum collections, and contemporaneous press accounts provide substantive evidence, investigations into Chanel’s personal and business biographies often prove elusive or contradictory. And, this is precisely as she intended.
Following Chanel’s death in 1971 other designers interpreted her fashion signatures for modern consumers with various degrees of success. However, it was not until 1983, when Karl Lagerfeld took the design helm, that the House of Chanel resumed its place in fashion’s forefront. The final chapter examines Chanel’s extraordinary and inspirational legacy.
Publisher's Abstract of the Book:
For almost a century, the name of Chanel has been inextricably linked to elegance, modernity and fashion innovation. It was Chanel who single-handedly made striped jerseys and loose trousers chic, costume jewellery desirable, the little black dress the height of sophistication, and tweed suits a staple of every stylish womans wardrobe.
In this beautifully illustrated book, dress historian Amy de la Haye celebrates Gabrielle Coco Chanel as the couturire who changed the way stylish women everywhere dress, then and now. She examines the creative output of this most famous of fashion houses, from its infancy in the 1920s to the present day as it continues to prosper under the direction of Karl Lagerfeld.
|Type of Research:||Book|
|Additional Information (Publicly available):|
Amy de la Haye
Fashion in the context of the museum
|Your affiliations with UAL:||Colleges > London College of Fashion|
|Date:||03 October 2011|
|Copyright Holders:||V&A Publications|
|Projects or Series:||Research Outputs Review (April 2010 - April 2011)|
|Deposited By:||Laura Thornley|
|Deposited On:||21 Feb 2011 09:29|
|Last Modified:||17 Nov 2014 16:24|