What is the summary for Chanel and Her World?

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Noelle Thompson | High School Teacher | eNotes Employee

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Chanel and Her World is a really interesting biography of the fashion icon named Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel who lived from the late 1800s to 1971. 

In learning about Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel's life, we learn that she invented most of modern fashion for women.  If one can imagine the graphic changes to women's clothing in the 1920s, it was Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel who was ultimately responsible.  Originally wanting to have a successful stage career, Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel switched to fashion when her famous boutique became more popular than her acting.  Suddenly her new ideas caught on.  No more corsets.  No more feathers.  No more long, drawn-up hair.  No more full-coverage.  No more lily-white bodies.  Suddenly women were wearing pants, suits, and jewelry not made of genuine gemstones.  Further than all of this, there was the creation of her famous perfume (No. 5) that remains the most worn scent in all of fashion history. 

In conclusion, it is important to note that Edmonde Charles-Roux, the author, not only was her biographer but also was her very close confidant, so we can be assured of a positive portrayal here in this book. 

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