It has been a family tradition that our parents have always bought us a book for Christmas and it is one my sister and her husband have continued with their daughter. This year was no exception with my gift of Coco Chanel, The Illustrated World of a Fashion Icon by Megan Hess.
A couple of days before Christmas I had discovered this book online and added it to my wishlist as it was out of stock completely unaware that my parents had bought it weeks ago! There have been many books written about Gabrielle ‘Coco’ Chanel but few have been done so eloquently.
This is the story of Chanel from her early childhood in the orphanage, her love affairs, her early days as a designer and her growth to a world famous fashion icon to the reign of Karl Lagerfeld, told with the most exquisite illustrations by Megan Hess.
Megan Hess is a illustrator whose clients include Chanel, Dior, Tiffany & Co., Yves Saint Laurent, Vogue, Harpers Bazaar, Cartier, Balmain, Montblanc and The Ritz Hotel Paris (which was of course where Coco lived in her own private apartment). While I have only just discovered Megan’s work I am head over heels. This is not just a book, it is the perfect gift for any fan of Chanel.
To see more of Megan Hess’s work check out her website http://www.meganhess.com and her Facebook page Megan Hess Illustrations.