The Gospel According to Coco Chanel

Life Lessons from the World's Most Elegant Woman


Skirt!
(an imprint of The Globe Pequot Press)
(September 2009)
Hardcover: 229 pages
US $19.95/CAN $24.95
ISBN: 978-1-59921-523-5

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The Chanel-inspired jacket

I love jackets.

For more years than I can count jackets have been my all-purpose go-to clothing item to dress up anything.

In particular I love vintage jackets and men’s jackets. Before writing this book I never thought much about owning a Chanel jacket. I never coveted one.

But a little knowledge can be a dangerous thing. The more I researched, the more I poured over the stupendous collections of Mademoiselle, as she was called, the more I wanted one. But we live in difficult times, and good Chanel jacket, even a vintage one, can set you back a few grand, easy.

I searched for my perfect jacket in LA, New York, Paris and of course, e-Bay, with no luck. Nothing I could afford I liked and nothing I liked was in my price range. Then one day it hit me – I could make my own, which is what Chanel herself would have done.

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