Thursday, October 2, 2014
Mademoiselle - Review
Mademoiselle: Coco Chanel and the Pulse of History by Rhonda K. Garelick Rating: 3 Stars
Description: While Chanel is one of the most recognizable names in fashion very little is known about the actual Coco Chanel. Even her own accounts of her childhood are vague and contradictory. Garelick presents a comprehensive account of what made this icon who she was.
Why I Picked This Book: Chanel is always been the definition of elegance and was one of the first (if not the first) female designer to become a household name. I've always been fascinated with her.
Pros: It was fascinating to see where Chanel's fashion inspirations came from and how she re-imagined herself into what she became known as. The journey from the lowest of the low to the world renowned elegant stylish woman she became is really interesting and inspirational. After reading this one I wanted to look up the Chanel designs to really look at them now that my understanding is so much greater. Also, the majority of the pictures are small and I had no problem reading this on my Kindle. This is good because at over 600 pages this is a pretty bulky book.
Cons: You know those non-fiction books that read like fiction and you fly through them all the while being fascinated by the subject matter? Yeah, this isn't one of them. While the topic was fascinated it was not the fastest of reads. The amount of information seemed inconsistent and there were lots of allusions to what would happen. In some ways this worked as in talking about the school uniforms that Coco Chanel and her sisters had to wear to show they were charity wards which Chanel later turned into her trademark little black dress. However, in some cases as with her life long cousin/friend the allusion to the future wasn't needed. The beginning felt very disjointed - like the author was trying to give a quick summary of Chanel's life - and it took me awhile to become interested in it.
Overall: This was an interesting work on an interesting subject. It did take some time to get going and was never a can't put down book. However, if you have an interest in fashion this is one to look for.
Would I Read More of this Series/Author?: Not sure. The subject matter would have to fascinate me and be hard to find in other sources.
Would I Recommend this Book?: If you have an interest in fashion or Chanel this one is worth picking up.