The Fascinating, Infuriating Coco Chanel

Linda Simon, author of Coco Chanel, describes the iconic, yet contradictory designer in The Huffington Post:

'What I learned along the way, as I researched the life of this fascinating and infuriating woman, surprised me: women had been liberated from the corset long before Chanel arrived on the scene . . . Her little black dress – which I had pictured as low-cut and body-skimming – had long sleeves, a loose dropped waistline, and looked like it should be worn for a board meeting rather than a nightclub in the Roaring Twenties . . . Famous as she was, she could be paranoid and cruel. She lied to cover a past of which she was ashamed; she lied to cover her own insecurities.'

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