Coco Chanel: Three Weeks/1962

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Coco Chanel hatte ein Näschen für guten Geschmack. Bahnbrechend war 1921 demnach auch der Duft „Chanel No 5“. Die Zahl lieferte der Flakon, den die feine Dame aus den Vorschlägen ihres Parfumeurs auswählte. Es war das erste Parfüm, das den Namen einer Modemarke trug und ist heute noch das meistverkaufte der Welt.

It’s 1962 in Paris and a fresh-faced Douglas Kirkland is in the city for the second time in his career as a photojournalist. He speaks no French and in general he feels a bit like a fish out of water, an inexperienced boy in a city full of sophisticated grown-ups. Enter his subject: Coco Chanel.

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It’s neither a confidant, a former muse, or dedicated biographer who has published the most touching book on legendary designer Coco Chanel to date. Instead, it’s photographer, Douglas Kirkland who was none of these, yet so much more to Chanel in the brief time he knew her.

" Coco Chanel: Three Weeks/1962 by Douglas Kirkland (Glitterati, 2015) is a distinctly unique and intimate look at the woman who transformed contemporary fashion...—Kirkland fixed his lens on Coco Chanel for twenty-one days in 1962. "

" Mademoiselle changed my life. She literally changed it. She taught me that I could do just about anything. She gave me confidence and elevated me. I was from a small Canadian town, had not grown up with little money or sophistication, and she encouraged me that, showing that with determination, I could do anything I wanted."