Biographic: Coco2020-01-08T16:58:20+00:00

Biographic: Coco

The Biographics series presents an entirely new way of looking at the lives of the world’s greatest thinkers and creatives. It takes the 50 defining facts, dates, thoughts, habits, and achievements of each subject, and uses infographics to convey each of them in vivid snapshots.

Many people know that Gabrielle ‘Coco’ Chanel (1883–1971) was a prolific French fashion designer and founder of the House of Chanel, who ruled over Parisian haute couture for almost six decades. What, perhaps, they don’t know is that, she was taught to sew by nuns and started Chanel by making hats; that she lived in a suite at the Ritz Hotel, Paris, for 37 years; that, in 1935, she was recognized as the world’s wealthiest woman; and that, prior to her fashion career, she worked as a singer, famously gaining the nickname ‘Coco’ from one of her songs. Biographic: Coco presents a visual catwalk through her life and work, with an array of irresistible facts and figures converted into infographics to reveal the genius behind the garments.


Author Information

Sophie Collins
Sophie Collins has worked in publishing for over thirty years, in roles ranging from author to publisher, and on projects ranging from major exhibition catalogues to graphic novels. Consultant Editor Dr Diana Newall lectured for 12 years on a range of subjects in Art History including at Sotheby’s Institute of Art, The Open University, the University of Kent, Birmingham University and Birkbeck College, London.