Author and former features director of British Vogue, Justine Picardie, will launch her new book, Coco Chanel: the Legend and the Life, at the inaugural Port Eliot Flower Show, part of the established Port Eliot Festival, on July 25. Picardie will be talking about Chanel, Lady of the Camellias prior to her book being published by Harper Collins this September.
Picardie’s Chanel biography ‘gives a fresh and penetrating look at how Coco Chanel became her own most powerful creation,’ according to a release. Picardie has based her work on personal observations and interviews with Chanel’s last surviving friends, employees and relatives, unravels her coded language and symbols, and traces the inﬂuence of her formative years on her legendary style. With unprecedented access to the Chanel archive, Picardie also clariﬁes what was truth and what was myth in her new book.
On the 25th, she will reveal some of her new ﬁndings, including never-before-seen images of fashion’s original female designer.
‘I am delighted to be launching my new book about Coco Chanel on the Flower Show stage of the Port Eliot Festival,’ says Picardie. ‘The language of ﬂowers is part of Chanel’s legacy as a designer and creator of perfumes; the camellia a legendary element in her iconography, while rose and jasmine are essential to Chanel No. 5.’
The Port Eliot Festival offers a host of fashion highlights from Barbara Hulanicki and Luella Bartley creating outﬁts for visitors to their new Fashion Tent, to Anna Sui presenting a special event on her new book. For more Port Eliot fashion information, visit www.porteliotfestival.com/category/performers2010/fashion2010/. Adult weekend tickets are £130 each (including four nights’ camping) from www.porteliotfestival.com and by posting cheques to Port Eliot Festival, The Estate Office, St Germans, Saltash, Cornwall PL12 5ND, England.