Chanel. The name alone evokes fashion and perfume, emancipation and allure. In this revealing, intimate biography, Axel Madsen brings to life Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel, who was born an illegitimate pauper and rose to become the reigning queen of fashion, revolutionizing women's styles forever. Madsen traces Chanel's extraordinary life, from her beginnings as an orphan, to the first small boutique she opened in 1910 (using her lover's financial backing), to the founding of the House of Chanel where she altered the look of fashion entirely, inventing sportswear, the "little black dress," costume jewelry, and the perfume that Marilyn Monroe said was all she wore to bed. Although loved by many men, Coco remained wed only to her business, and when she died in 1971, at the age of eighty-eight, she was wealthy, an international celebrity, and utterly alone. Lavishly illustrated with photographs of Coco Chanel and her celebrated circle of friends and lovers, Chanel: A Woman of Her Own is the story of the magnificent woman who was a force and legend in her time and ours.Madsen, Axel is the author of 'Chanel A Woman of Her Own' with ISBN 9780805016390 and ISBN 0805016392.