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Chanel was a creature of contrasts: there was the Chanel of the most sumptuous baroque, of gilded wood and brilliant lacquer, of rococo mirrors and dazzling, playful, unrestrained jewellery; and there was the Chanel of the tailored suit and the little black dress, of the severe cut, of the utmost restraint, of classicism a la francaise. Out of this dialogue between austerity and ostentation, between hyperbole and understatement, between shadow and light, the jewellery that she created throughout her long career - as opportunity and chance encounter prompted - presents one of the least-known aspects of her work: in counterpoint or complement to the 'costume jewelry' that she gave so knowingly to the world, she invented a jewellery that was unparalleled in its insistence on luxury and refinement, unfettered in its themes, and which drew inspiration from tradition without ever being the slave of everyday formulas or of an obsession with market values. With the help of illustrations and documents, many of them previously unpublished, and based on archival research and interviews with Chanells colleagues and other witnesses of her life and career, this book presents this remarkable facet of a truly fascinating character about whom we thought we already knew all that there was to know: her passion for fabulous jewels, for exceptional stones, for improbable marvels which, to quote her own words, should be viewed "with innocence, with artlessness, just as we enjoy the sight of an apple tree in blossom at the side of the road as we speed past in a motor-car".
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Descrizione libro Thames and Hudson, 1993. Condizione: Good. First U.K. Edition. Ships from the UK. Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Codice articolo GRP38773164
Descrizione libro Thames & Hudson Ltd, 1993. Condizione: Poor. This is an ex-library book and may have the usual library/used-book markings inside.This book has hardback covers. In poor condition, suitable as a reading copy. Dust Jacket in fair condition. Spine splitting. Codice articolo 5510300
Descrizione libro Thames & Hudson Ltd, 1993. Condizione: Very Good. Codice articolo U9780500236604
Descrizione libro Thames and Hudson, London, 1993. Hardcover. Condizione: Very Good. Condizione sovraccoperta: Very Good. 1st.. Cloth, 144 pages, illustrations (some color); 33 cm. Firm binding, clean inside copy. Paperclip indentations/top edge (few pages). Age toning. First U.K. Edition. Dust jacket, with moderate shelfwear, protected in a mylar book cover. OVERSIZE! No priority/international, except by special arrangement. Size: Folio - over 12" - 15" tall. Codice articolo 076683
Descrizione libro Thames & Hudson, 1993. Hardcover. Condizione: Fine. 144pp. Black cloth boards w silver gilt title to spine and front panel in a dust-jacket with cellophane cover. Some creases and nicks to the cellophane but o/w fine. Contents fine, beautifully illustrated w drawings and photographs in colour and b & w. Clean, tight and bright, a lovely copy. Codice articolo 005691
Descrizione libro Thames and Hudson, 1993. Hardcover. Condizione: Collectible: Like New. As new slipcased edition with faint scuff to slipcase. oversized and overweight. Please email for photos. Larger books or sets may require additional shipping charges. Books sent via US Postal. Codice articolo 84638