Coco Chanel: The woman who dressed the world

Friday, February 12, 2021 Recording available
“Coco Chanel: The woman who dressed the world”
Chanel biographer Rhonda Garelick
in conversation with Pamela Druckerman
Coco Chanel, born into poverty in rural France, was – by age 40 – a multimillionaire and a household name. Her Chanel Corporation is still the highest-earning privately owned luxury goods manufacturer in the world. You can still see Chanel’s taste reflected in what ordinary women wear: little black dresses, flat shoes, costume jewelry and cardigan sweaters. Yet her clothes also embody her own era, and were influenced by war, nationalism and social change.
How did Chanel do it? What was the woman herself really like? Rhonda Garelick, cultural commentator and author of Mademoiselle: Coco Chanel and the Pulse of History, will explain Chanel’s unique genius for absorbing the zeitgeist, and reflecting it back to the world in her designs.
Rhonda Garelick is dean of the School of Art and Design History and Theory, at Parsons School of Design/The New School in New York. She’s the author of three books, and writes on fashion and cultural politics for New York Magazine, The New York Times and many other publications. Garelick received her B.A. and Ph.D. in comparative literature and French from Yale.

 Coco Chanel: The woman who dressed the world,
with Rhonda Garelick, author of Mademoiselle: Coco Chanel and the Pulse of History

If you missed the virtual event, you can still click this link to view the recorded interview.

This event was co-sponsored by the Federation of Alliances Françaises USA, which promotes French language and culture through 100+ Alliance Française chapters across the U.S.
Pamela Druckerman is the author of five books, including the rhyming picture book for children Paris by Phone.


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