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Monday, February 27, 2012

READ THIS: Coco Chanel Three Weeks/1962 Douglas Kirkland Foreword by Judith Thurman Our Coverage Sponsored by Liz Barbatelli's The Laundry at Linens Limited and E. Braun & Co. in Beverly Hills

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Coco Chanel Three Weeks 1962 by Douglas Kirkland is a spectacularly fascinating read from cover to cover.  Though it is indeed beautiful, it is so much more than a mere coffee table book.  It is a photographic journal of a relationship with an icon that defined fashion for over a century, and probably the next century to come.  Published to coincide with the 125th anniversary of Coco Chanel's birth, this work contains incredible photographs - the kind that you can only get when you really know the person and can capture the essence of them through a lens.  Her smile on page 132 is Peachy's personal favorite.  France in 1962 intrigues us as it predates Peachy's life significantly and though the photography is quite literally black and white, it colors in our imagination vividly.  The photography boasts undeniable character that will delight each and every reader.  The stairs, the fashion, the smiles, the chandeliers...the streets of Paris!  We loved it all.  It seems that Chanel was not as tall as we may have imagined either which makes her easier to relate to for undertall Peachy...

We are incredibly enthused people here about Chanel as a person, and looking back at past reviews, we realize the other books though they stood out for their distinctly fabulous verbiage cannot possibly touch the visual genius of this edition!  Obviously Kirkland totally gets that to be irreplaceable you must always be different.
Some of the other great Chanel books:
& we even found a children's book on Chanel:

This work is interspersed with quotes that you will know and value and that are paired well with the pictures they accompany.

This is a must have for your collection!
Whom You Know Highly Recommends Coco Chanel Three Weeks/1962!
We are pleased to kick off our coverage of the publisher, Glitteratti!


Celebrate the 125th anniversary of fashion icon Coco Chanel’s birth with this gorgeous “insider’s” slice of her incredible life. 

Here is a distinctly unique look at the woman who transformed twentieth century fashion. No stranger to photographing some of the world’s most beloved icons, including Man Ray, Marilyn Monroe, and Judy Garland, among countless others, Douglas Kirkland fixed his lens on Chanel for twenty-one days in 1962. Sent to Paris on assignment forLook magazine, Kirkland ended up living with Chanel for three weeks, catching both the public and the intimate moments of Chanel’s daily life. This collection of never-before-seen photographs is as staggeringly beautiful as it is an impassioned portraiture, shedding new light on one of the great stories of the modern age. 

From the moment she opened her millinery shop in 1912 to the creation of her signature “little black dress” in 1926, Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel (1883–1971) epitomized smart elegance. Always cutting edge, her contributions to the fashion industry run the gamut from the popularization of costume jewelry and womens’ slacks to the creation of the first designer perfume, Chanel No. 5. 

Not just a record of Kirkland’s impressions of “Mademoiselle,” this book also features a compelling foreword by literary giant Judith Thurman, who poignantly contextualizes the relationship between Kirkland and Chanel, making this book every bit as incomparable as Mademoiselle herself. 

Douglas Kirkland is one of the best-known and longest working photographers of our time. He began on assignment for Look and Life magazines, where he photographed such icons as Elizabeth Taylor, Marilyn Monroe, and Marlene Dietrich. He has also photographed on the sets of over 100 motion pictures, many of them iconic. Kirkland has been named “Photographer of the Year” (PMDA) and “Mentor of the Year” (Fotofusion). He lives in Los Angeles, California with his wife and business partner, Fran├žoise. Judith Thurman writes primarily about fashion, its personages, trends, and history. She began contributing to The New Yorker in 1987, and became a staff writer in 2000. She has won several awards, including the 1983 National Book Award for Nonfiction. 

Deluxe Edition 

COCO CHANEL: Three Weeks/1962 

Douglas Kirkland 

Foreword by Judith Thurman 

Published by Glitterati Incorporated 

Regular Hardcover Edition: 

8 ½ x 9 ½”, 144 pages with 4 vellum inserts 

ISBN 13: 978-0-9801557-1-6 Price: $50.00

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