Coco Chanel was undoubtedly one of the most influential designers of the 20th century. With her trademark suits and little black dresses, Coco Chanel created timeless designs that are still popular today. her legendary fashion house continues to exert a powerful sway over today’s designers. Jérôme Gautier tells the story of Chanel’s iconic style through hundreds of images, many taken by the leading lights of fashion photography, including Richard Avedon, Gilles Bensimon, Patrick Demarchelier, Horst P. Horst, Annie Leibovitz, Man Ray, Helmut Newton, Irving Penn, and Ellen von Unwerth. This really is a book of incredible famed fashion photographers. Paring classic and contemporary photography, Jerome placed fashion spreads from Chanel’s time alongside those by today’s house designer-in-chief, Karl Lagerfeld. Chanel: The Vocabulary of Style identifies key elements that have defined Chanel’s style for generations, such as jersey and tweed, and the little black dress, which transformed a hue previously reserved for mourning into a statement of elegance. Pearls were her staple, and she often embellished outfits with her signature camellia. Eleven chapters compare the original forms of these enduring trademarks with their later expressions over the years and to the present day, letting the vocabulary of Chanel’s style speak for itself.