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Justine Picardie to launch Coco Chanel biography at Port Eliot Flower Show


July 8, 2010/18.59

Gabrielle Chanel

Above Coco Chanel, photographed in 1937.

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 Adult weekend tickets are £130 each (including four nights’ camping) from and by posting cheques to Port Eliot Festival, The Estate Office, St Germans, Saltash, Cornwall PL12 5ND, England.

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  5. I justed watched the Coco Chanel movie with Audrey Tautou “Coco before Chanel” – it is amazing, a really good job by Audrey taking on playing the role of the “Goddess” of fashion. Can’t wait for Justine Picardie’s new book.

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