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Effortless elegance and iconic style: Discover sumptuous books on Chanel

Posted on 18 Feb 2022

From inspired collections to legendary personalities, these books offer an indulgent look inside the world of Chanel, including the history, fashion and enduring influence of the house.

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Karl Lagerfeld: A Life in Fashion

Karl Lagerfeld: A Life in Fashion is a revelatory biography introducing readers to the public and private life of the charismatic designer. It features new insights from previously unseen letters and faxes from Lagerfeld’s personal archive, as well as recently uncovered letters, notes and photographs that belonged to his parents.

Chanel: the Karl Lagerfeld Campaigns

Presented in a high-end, slipcased package, Chanel: the Karl Lagerfeld Campaigns offers an unrivalled overview of the house of Chanel as seen through the eyes – and lens – of Karl Lagerfeld himself. Conceived in collaboration with Karl Lagerfeld and the House of Chanel, this definitive publication opens with an essay by Patrick Mauriès before exploring the campaigns themselves, organized chronologically.

The World According to Karl

The World According to Karl, a compact collection of quotations, pays homage to the legendary éminence grise of the fashion world. Lagerfeld’s pronouncements – on fashion, women, art, politics, love, and life high and low – are famously oracular, seized upon by fashionistas, acolytes and sages around the world.

Chanel Eternal Instant

Chanel Eternal Instant is a rich celebration of the dynamic spirit and beauty of Chanel’s modern classic J12 watch. Enhanced by a strikingly original selection of fine photographs, this volume celebrates twenty years of the most beautiful and technically refined watches ever worn on the wrist.

Chanel No5

Chanel No5 is the first book dedicated to exploring the story of Chanel No5, published to celebrate the centenary of the iconic perfume. Presented in two volumes, it explores the evolution of the perfume’s packaging, composition, manufacture and marketing, with unprecedented access to the Chanel archives and those tasked with creating the fragrance today.

Chanel Catwalk

The best-selling Chanel Catwalk was the first book to gather every Chanel collection ever created by Karl Lagerfeld in a single volume. Now fully updated to include Lagerfeld’s final collections for the house and those of his right-hand and successor, Virginie Viard, this revised edition includes twenty-eight new collections, presented through original catwalk photography in a beautiful cloth-bound volume.

Gabrielle Chanel

Gabrielle Chanel is a landmark publication which traces the birth and evolution of Chanel’s timeless style. Specially commissioned photographs by Julien T. Hamon showcase the clothing, while essays by fashion historians illuminate a period, an event or a theme. Rare archival documents, including portraits of Gabrielle Chanel herself, round out the book.

The World According to Coco

The World According to Coco is an elegant collection of legendary designer Coco Chanel’s maxims on style, women and life, and makes the perfect gift for fans of fashion in general and Chanel in particular.

Karl Lagerfeld Unseen: The Chanel Years

Karl Lagerfeld Unseen: The Chanel Years is a glamorous tribute to Karl Lagerfeld’s highly influential creations for Chanel, captured behind the scenes by US Vogue photographer Robert Fairer in beautiful, never-before-seen images.

Goude: The Chanel Sketchbooks

In Goude: The Chanel Sketchbooks, Chanel and Jean-Paul Goude reveal, for the first time, the unseen drawings, collages and sketches that have inspired Goude’s iconic advertising campaigns for Chanel’s world famous fragrances, from ‘Egoiste’ and ‘Coco’ to ‘Chanel No. 5’ and the recently launched ‘Chance’.

Chanel: The Vocabulary of Style

Chanel: The Vocabulary of Style showcases the creative brilliance of Chanel – from Coco Chanel herself to Karl Lagerfeld – as seen by the greatest photographers of their times.

Chanel: Collections and Creations

Chanel: Collections and Creations 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.

Author Interviews

The world according to Jean-Paul Goude

We spoke to legendary graphic artist, photographer and advertising film director Jean-Paul Goude, whose iconic Chanel campaigns are daring visual feasts. His extraordinary unseen drawings are collected in ‘Goude: The Chanel Sketchbooks’, giving unprecedented insight into a great creative mind.

All about Chanel: The making of a fashion powerhouse

It’s been 50 years since the passing of Gabrielle Chanel, but her eponymous fashion house goes from strength to strength. From modest beginnings on Rue Cambon to monumental global success, discover the story of this timeless brand – and its iconic founder.