As the world struggled to recover from World War I, it was Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel who decided what the women of the twentieth century would look like. Her designs, showing the motley influences of soldiers, cabaret singers, and nuns, liberated women from the ruffles and flounces of the Gilded Age. They popularized arms, ankles, low waists, clean lines, and costume jewelry; through Chanel's innovations, every woman, regardless of her income, could create a personal style. Although her own origins were humble, Chanel's name has become synonymous with elegance and good taste.
This book is a quick yet interesting overview of Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel's life. It opens up to her childhood and the eras of her fashion career like when she launched her unique collections. Each chapter describes a different challenge in her life and hardships she faced. This book shows not only her fashion ideas but who Chanel became as a person with all the press, rumours, design mishaps and people she dealt with. It proved to me that Chanel is not only a worldwide classical designer, but a role model and a leader. Chanel is very strong-minded and patient, her talents are explored and her high and low points have significant marks in her career but have shaped her for whom she was. This biography taught me to believe in myself, never give up, to not take things for granted and be proud of who are you. I highly recommend this book to young adults because it's an easy read yet Chanel's life is clearly marked and is easy to gain new exciting information from. You can also explore the history of the fashion world and even learn about yourself and what secret qualities you can project that can take you far in life.