Coco Chanel’s contribution to fashion goes without saying. The combination of tradition, originality and style has always made it one of the most sought after brands.

In this book, the House of Chanel opens its private archives, revealing stunning designs created by Chanel from the 1920s onwards. Some of her original designs have been used in new and modern ways such as motifs for brand new garments, accessories and beauty products. There are 139 illustrations of which 83 are in colour. The book features many unpublished photos and original drawings from Karl Lagerfeld.

This is a rare insight into Chanel and what motivated her style. If you are unfamiliar with some of the older images this will be a great way to introduce yourself to the world of Chanel.

Inspired by the legendary ‘Chanel No 5’, the book explores five central themes – the suit, the camellia, jewelry, fragrances and make-up, and the little black dress.

The author, Daniele Bott is a journalist who has written for Vogue. She is also the author of Chanel: Collections and Creations.

The book is a great size and the pictures are magical. The quality is excellent and this is the kind of book that needs to be displayed for all to see and enjoy.

This is a stylish and glamorous read and will appeal to fashion and art lovers alike who are fascinated by the magic of Chanel.