Mademoiselle Chanel by C.W. Gortner

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐/5


Born into rural poverty, Gabrielle Chanel and her siblings are sent to orphanage after their mother’s death. The sisters nurture Gabrielle’s exceptional sewing skills, a talent that will propel the willful young woman into a life far removed from the drudgery of her childhood.

Transforming herself into Coco—a seamstress and sometime torch singer—the petite brunette burns with ambition, an incandescence that draws a wealthy gentleman who will become the love of her life. She immerses herself in his world of money and luxury, discovering a freedom that sparks her creativity. But it is only when her lover takes her to Paris that Coco discovers her destiny. 

Rejecting the frilly, corseted silhouette of the past, her sleek, minimalist styles reflect the youthful ease and confidence of the 1920s modern woman. As Coco’s reputation spreads, her couturier business explodes, taking her into rarefied society circles and bohemian salons. But her fame and fortune cannot save her from heartbreak as the years pass. And when Paris falls to the Nazis, Coco is forced to make choices that will haunt her.


Everyone knows who Coco Chanel is. The lovely clothes. With simple clean lines. And understated colors. And of course… Chanel No. 5 – the perfume that’s been around forever.

The author, Gortner tells the Coco Chanel’s story in such a beautiful way. From the time she was a young girl with absolutely no money and then through the discovery of her amazing ability building her empire. Her brand even withstood TWO wars.

There is so much that can be said about this book. To find out how someone so respected and admired accomplished what they did was super interesting. The lady worked hard for what she had.

I think one of my favorite parts was finding out where the scent for Chanel No. 5 came from! So Fascinating!!! In my opinion it’s worth reading just for that!! But seriously – you’ll love the entire book.

Chanel proved that styles in fashion will come and go but a classic look will always be appropriate.

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