Photo credit: Agaton Strom

Little black dresses, reams of pearls, cardigan sweaters … for nearly a hundred years and counting a version of Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel has been visible in virtually every woman we pass on the street.

Join author Rhonda Garelick for the story of how one exceptional woman branded a century and remade the world in her own image. Unlike any other designer before or since, Chanel offered what Garelick calls "wearable personality.” Rarelick reveals how and why Chanel was part of the largest currents of world history, the details of her relationship to the Romanov Empire, backstage international diplomacy during two World Wars, the roots of her anti-Semitism and her unique and ongoing appeal to America.

There will be a book signing of her new book, Mademoiselle: Coco Chanel and the Pulse of History, following this event.

 

Brief Bio

Rhonda Garelick writes on fashion, performance, art and cultural politics. Her books include: Rising Star; Electric Salome: Loie Fuller’s Performance of Modernism; and, as co-editor, Fabulous Harlequin: ORLAN and the Patchwork Self. Her work has also appeared in The New York Times, New York Newsday, International Herald Tribune and Sydney Morning Herald, as well as in numerous journals and museum catalogs in the United States and Europe. She is a Guggenheim fellow and has also received awards from the Getty Research Institute, the Dedalus Foundation, the American Association of University Women, the Whiting Foundation and the American Council of Learned Societies. Garelick received her B.A. and Ph.D. in Comparative Literature and French from Yale University.

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  • Coco Chanel and the Pulse of History

    Date: Thu, Nov 6, 2014, 12 pm

    Location: Lexington Avenue at 92nd St

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