The World According to Coco

The Wit and Wisdom of Coco Chanel


An elegant collection of legendary designer Coco Chanel’s maxims on style, women and life


ISBN: 9780500023488 Category:


French couturière Coco Chanel has achieved legendary status across the world and continues to captivate young generations of fashion fans who eagerly collect and share her quotes, creations and insights.
A close friend of some of the leading wits and writers of her days (from Jean Cocteau to poet Pierre Reverdy), Coco Chanel was fierce and uncompromising in her pronouncements on fashion (‘Some people think luxury is the opposite of poverty. It is not. It is the opposite of vulgarity’; ‘Elegance is refusal’; ‘Fashion changes, but style endures’), women (‘A woman who doesn’t wear perfume has no future’; ‘Dress shabbily and they remember the dress; dress impeccably and they remember the woman’) and life (‘The best things in life are free. The second-best are very expensive’). Much like her successor, Karl Lagerfeld, she never shied away from controversy, declaring one day of her detractors: ‘I don’t care what you think about me. I don’t think about you at all’. Presented in a beautiful package and accessible format, The World According to Coco is the perfect gift for fans of fashion in general and Chanel in particular.

Additional information

Weight 352 g
Dimensions 12.7 x 17.5 cm
Publisher name Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publication date 29 August 2020
Number of pages 176
Format Hardback
Contributors Edited by Jean-Christophe Napias and Patrick Mauriès
Dimensions 12.7 x 17.5 cm
Weight 352 g


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Patrick Mauriès is a writer and publisher of many notable titles on fashion and design, including Jewelry by Chanel, Cabinets of Curiosities, The World According to Karl and The World According to Christian Dior, all published by Thames & Hudson. Jean-Christophe Napias is an author, translator and editor of books on dandies, dance music and camp culture. His recent publications include The World According to Karl, Choupette: The Private Life of a High-Flying Fashion Cat and The World According to Christian Dior, all published by Thames & Hudson.