A new book will reveal secrets of influential designer Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel. In ‘Coco Chanel: An Intimate Life’ biographer Chaney claims that the designer used drugs, embraced bisexuality and had an affair with Salvador Dal?.
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The highs and lows of Coco Chanel?s life have inspired numerous authors to put pen to paper. With this fall?s release of ?Coco Chanel: An Intimate Life,? biographer Lisa Chaney claims to have concrete evidence that the designer used drugs, embraced bisexuality and had an affair with Salvador Dal? while he was married. In an e-mail sent Thursday by her Viking publicist, Chaney claims to have accessed documents in the Swiss Federal Archives among other publications that prove Chanel?s German lover Hans G?nther von Dincklage spied for the Nazis throughout World War II. ?Whether Chanel was aware of this is unknown, but after that war she lived in neutral Switzerland for a while, to avoid any proceedings against her,?
Here’s the description of Coco Chanel An Intimate Life:
Revolutionizing women’s dress, Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel was the twentieth century’s most influential designer. Her extraordinary and unconventional journey-from abject poverty to a new kind of glamour- helped forge the idea of modern woman.
Unearthing an astonishing life, this remarkable biography shows how, more than any previous designer, Chanel became synonymous with a rebellious and progressive style. Her numerous liaisons, whose poignant and tragic details have eluded all previous biographers, were the very stuff of legend. Witty and mesmerizing, she became muse, patron, or mistress to the century’s most celebrated artists, including Picasso, Dal?, and Stravinsky.
Drawing on newly discovered love letters and other records, Chaney’s controversial book reveals the truth about Chanel’s drug habit and lesbian affairs. And the question about Chanel’s German lover during World War II (was he a spy for the Nazis?) is definitively answered.
While uniquely highlighting the designer’s far-reaching influence on the modern arts, Chaney’s fascinating biography paints a deeper and darker picture of Coco Chanel than any so far. Movingly, it explores the origins, the creative power, and the secret suffering of this exceptional and often misread woman.