"I used my penchant for all that shines to try and reconcile elegance and fashion in a set of jewelry" Gabrielle Chanel
From Gabrielle Chanel’s 1932 collection to the newest interpretations of her signature signs and symbols by Patrice Leguéreau, Director of the CHANEL Fine Jewelry Creation Studio, CHANEL High Jewelry remains eternally modern and true to the spirit of her enterprise.
Breathtaking new photography and classic images from the CHANEL archives brings together revealing combinations in a stunning visual narrative, privileging aesthetic form over four chapters: the origins, the symbols, the spirit, and the allure. Gabrielle Chanel’s passion for fabulous and improbable marvels is celebrated here in a covetable book object that pays tribute to the House’s unparalleled insistence on luxury and refinement, creativity, and beauty.
Based on extensive research and exploring CHANEL’s inspirations and art through some of the most precious of all her creations and the eternally modern ideas they have inspired, the book features superb photographs by Karl Lagerfeld, Mario Testino, Patrick Demarchelier, François Kollar, Roger Schall, George Hoyningen-Huene, André Kertész, Sarah Moon, Koto Bolofo, Karim Sadli, Dominique Issermann, and many others. It is also illustrated with images from CHANEL’s archive and sketches that express the creativity and joie de vivre of the world’s finest High Jewelry collection.
Delves into the house's recurring themes and symbols, exploring the significance they had for the famed French couturier whose designs became wardrobe staples of well-dressed women… The book's extravagant array of photos and archival images provides a visual through-line from [Chanel's] initial collection to contemporary iterations.
— Rapaport Magazine
[A] gorgeous collector's item of a book, which deserves a place on your coffee table, stat.
Stunning… Aficionados will find large-scale masterful photographs taken by Karl Lagerfeld, Mario Testino, Patrick Demarchelier, Sarah Moon, and Dominique Issermann, among others, while sketches reveal the meticulous craftsmanship and creativity behind the creations.
— Lucy Rees Galerie
Julie Levoyer is a Paris-based writer and editor.