Mademoiselle


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NATIONAL BESTSELLER Certain lives are at once so exceptional, and yet so in step with their historical moments, that they illuminate cultural forces far beyond the scope of a single person. Such is the case with Coco Chanel, whose life offers one of the most fascinating tales of the twentieth century—throwing into dramatic relief an era of war, fashion, ardent nationalism, and earth-shaking change—here brilliantly treated, for the first time, with wide-ranging and incisive historical scrutiny. Coco Chanel transformed forever the way women dressed. Her influence remains so pervasive that to this day we can see her afterimage a dozen times while just walking down a single street: in all the little black dresses, flat shoes, costume jewelry, cardigan sweaters, and tortoiseshell eyeglasses on women of every age and background. A bottle of Chanel No. 5 perfume is sold every three seconds. Arguably, no other individual has had a deeper impact on the visual aesthetic of the world. But how did a poor orphan become a global icon of both luxury and everyday style? How did she develop such vast, undying influence? And what does our ongoing love of all things Chanel tell us about ourselves? These are the mysteries that Rhonda K. Garelick unravels in Mademoiselle. Raised in rural poverty and orphaned early, the young Chanel supported herself as best she could. Then, as an uneducated nineteen-year-old café singer, she attracted the attention of a wealthy and powerful admirer and parlayed his support into her own hat design business. For the rest of Chanel’s life, the professional, personal, and political were interwoven; her lovers included diplomat Boy Capel; composer Igor Stravinsky; Romanov heir Grand Duke Dmitri; Hugh Grosvenor, the Duke of Westminster; poet Pierre Reverdy; a Nazi officer; and several women as well. For all that, she was profoundly alone, her romantic life relentlessly plagued by abandonment and tragedy. Chanel’s ambitions and accomplishments were unparalleled. Her hat shop evolved into a clothing empire. She became a noted theatrical and film costume designer, collaborating with the likes of Pablo Picasso, Jean Cocteau, and Luchino Visconti. The genius of Coco Chanel, Garelick shows, lay in the way she absorbed the zeitgeist, reflecting it back to the world in her designs and in what Garelick calls “wearable personality”—the irresistible and contagious style infused with both world history and Chanel’s nearly unbelievable life saga. By age forty, Chanel had become a multimillionaire and a household name, and her Chanel Corporation is still the highest-earning privately owned luxury goods manufacturer in the world. In Mademoiselle, Garelick delivers the most probing, well-researched, and insightful biography to date on this seemingly familiar but endlessly surprising figure—a work that is truly both a heady intellectual study and a literary page-turner. Praise for Mademoiselle “A detailed, wry and nuanced portrait of a complicated woman that leaves the reader in a state of utterly satisfying confusion—blissfully mesmerized and confounded by the reality of the human spirit.”—The Washington Post “Writing an exhaustive biography of Chanel is a challenge comparable to racing a four-horse chariot. . . . This makes the assured confidence with which Garelick tells her story all the more remarkable.”—The New York Review of Books “Broadly focused and beautifully written.”—The Wall Street Journal From the Hardcover edition.

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Author by Rhonda K. Garelick
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ISBN Number 9780679604266

German Stories Mademoiselle De Scuderi


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Author by Robert Pearse Gillies
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Mademoiselle


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Tales And Novels Angelina The Good French Governess Mademoiselle Panache The Knapsack


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Author by Maria Edgeworth
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Mademoiselle Fleur


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Prolific writer publishes latest romantic novel, ably sweeping readers up into the captivating drama of international fashion. Mademoiselle Fleur DuPre hails from remarkably affluent stock, but she is determined not to rest on her family’s privileged laurels. Her parents may breed thoroughbred racehorses at their stud farm in Paris, and her paternal grandparents might be the owners of prestigious jewellers’ shops in Paris and London, but Fleur is quietly resolved to break away from tradition and to make it on her own merits. Fleur is only twenty-four years old, but she already has the fashion world enthralled by her creative flair; her talent and tenacity have just won her the Haute Couture College Honours Degree for best student, along with the acclaimed Star Award for her wedding dress designs. Madame Merle Veneto, a famous film star before she settled down to married life, is driving home when she hears the news of Fleur’s award-winning wedding gowns on the radio. She immediately decided to approach Fleur through the Couture College with the prospect of a stellar commission; to create a dream wedding gown for her eldest daughter, Françoise, who is struggling to find the right designer for her upcoming marriage. This exciting opportunity will transform Fleur’s career. It will also bring with it an extraordinary love-affair. This enjoyable novel from Samantha Arran, the author of the Lady Amanda Young, Love never fails, Unfailing love, A New Beginning trilogy, this time focuses on the high-octane fashion world, with a vibrant blend of romance, drama and suspense that readers will adore. About the Author: Samantha Arran is a romantic fiction writer living in Derbyshire.

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Author by Samantha Arran
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Mademoiselle Blanche


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Reproduction of the original: Mademoiselle Blanche by John D. Barry

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Author by John D. Barry
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Mademoiselle Pearl


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This early work by Guy de Maupassant was originally published in the 1880's. Guy de Maupassant was born in 1850 at the Château de Miromesnil, near Dieppe, France. He came from a prosperous family, but when Maupassant was eleven, his mother risked social disgrace by trying to secure a legal separation from her husband. After the split, Maupassant lived with his mother till he was thirteen, and inherited her love of classical literature. In 1880, Maupassant published his first - and, according to many, his best - short story, entitled 'Boule de Suif' ('Ball of Fat'). It was an instant success. He went on to be extremely prolific during the 1880s, working methodically to produce up to four volumes of short fiction every year. Many of the earliest books, particularly those dating back to the 1900's and before, are now extremely scarce and increasingly expensive. We are republishing these classic works in affordable, high quality, modern editions.

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Author by Guy de Maupassant
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La Grande Mademoiselle At The Court Of France


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Viewed through her writings, the events of Mademoiselle's life offer a unique perspective on several aspects of seventeenth-century France: the evolution of the Bourbon monarchy over the course of the century, the dynamics of aristocratic resistance to the centralizing power of the state, and the debate over the role of women in public and private life.

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Author by Anne-Marie-Louise d'Orleans Montpensier
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ISBN Number 0801864666

The Story Of Mademoiselle D Estanville


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Author by Julia Bosville Chetwynd (hon. mrs Henry Weyland.)
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Mademoiselle Giraud


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Author by Adolphe Belot
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ISBN Number MINN:31951002154941Q