Library of Luminaries (Hardcover)

Coco Chanel: An Illustrated Biography

By Zena Alkayat, Nina Cosford (Illustrator)

Chronicle Books, 9781452150246, 128pp.

Publication Date: August 16, 2016

List Price: 16.95*
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Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel's signature style and revolutionary approach to design changed women's fashion forever. Featuring handwritten text paired with sweet illustrations and a tactile cover with foil-stamped and debossed details, this giftable volume sheds new light on the woman behind some of the last century's most iconic designs—from her impoverished childhood in an orphanage to her dreams of becoming a singer and her tumultuous love affairs with Europe's elite. Brimming with excerpts from Chanel's own letters and diaries, these pages reveal the passion and vision of one of the most celebrated fashion designers of all time.

About the Author

Zena Alkayat is a journalist, author, and editor based in London.

Nina Cosford is a freelance illustrator based in Hastings, England.

Praise For Library of Luminaries: Coco Chanel: An Illustrated Biography

“Coco Chanel’s life reads like an epic novel, from tormented love triangles to fatal car crashes and affairs with the likes of Picasso, Dalí, and Stravinsky. Her forward-thinking designs changed the industry forever. Library of Luminaries: Coco Chanel: An Illustrated Biography narrates her life with sumptuous drawings by Nina Cosford, text by Zena Alkayat, and excerpts from Chanel’s own letters and diaries.” —