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The Last Collection: A Novel of Elsa Schiaparelli and Coco Chanel

The Last Collection: A Novel of Elsa Schiaparelli and Coco Chanel (Hardback)

By Mackin, Jeanne

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An American woman becomes entangled in the intense rivalry between iconic fashion designers Coco Chanel and Elsa Schiaparelli in this vivid novel from the acclaimed author of The Beautiful American. Paris, 1938. Coco Chanel and Elsa Schiaparelli ( Schiap ) are fighting for recogn... read full description below.

ISBN 9781101990544
Barcode 9781101990544
Published 25 June 2019 by Penguin
Format Hardback
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ISBN-13 9781101990544
ISBN-10 1101990546
Stock Available
Status Indent title (internationally sourced), usually ships 4-6 weeks
Publisher Penguin
Imprint Berkley Publishing Corporation,U.S.
Publication Date 25 June 2019
Publication Country United States United States
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Mackin, Jeanne
Category Historical Fiction
Number of Pages 352
Dimensions Width: 152mm
Height: 229mm
Spine: 25mm
Weight 612g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Historical fiction, Biographical fiction, Socialites, Fashion designers, Women fashion designers
NBS Text Historical & Mythological Fiction
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 813.54
Catalogue Code 981539

Description of this Book

An American woman becomes entangled in the intense rivalry between iconic fashion designers Coco Chanel and Elsa Schiaparelli in this vivid novel from the acclaimed author of The Beautiful American. Paris, 1938. Coco Chanel and Elsa Schiaparelli ( Schiap ) are fighting for recognition as the most successful and influential fashion designer in France, and their rivalry is already legendary. They oppose each other at every turn, in both their politics and their designs: Chanel's are classic, elegant, and practical; Schiaparelli's bold, experimental, and surreal. Lily Cooper, a recently widowed American teacher, travels to Paris to visit her brother, Charlie, and try to move on from the loss of her husband. On her first day there, Charlie insists on buying her a couture dress for her birthday--a Chanel. Lily reluctantly agrees but wants a Schiaparelli, not a Chanel. Charlie's girlfriend, Ania, one of the most beautiful and prominent women in Paris, begins wearing Schiap's designs as well, and soon much of Paris is following in her footsteps. Schiap takes an interest in Lily and offers the budding artist a job at her shop. Suddenly, Lily finds herself increasingly involved with Schiap and her personal war with Chanel. And as their fierce competition reaches new and dangerous heights, another war is looming on their doorstep and getting closer every day....

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review Praise for The Last Collection A vibrant portrait of two designers cut from very different cloth, The Last Collection pits bold Coco Chanel and colorful Elsa Schiaparelli against each other in a fiery feud even as the ominous clouds of World War II darken the horizon. A captivating read! --Stephanie Marie Thornton, author of American Princess Jeanne Mackin takes the reader on an enthralling journey, complete with such vivid descriptions of the clothing, you can practically see them on the page. Beautifully rendered and meticulously researched, The Last Collection is a must read. --Renee Rosen, author of Park Avenue Summer
UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 1 stars (out of 5)

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Author's Bio

Jeanne Mackin is the author of several historical novels, including The Beautiful American. She taught creative writing at Goddard College and has given numerous workshops. She lives with her husband in upstate New York.

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