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Chanel book: Impossible collection

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Book Chanel: Impossible collection by Assouline


"Karl Lagerfeld elevated Chanel's status from classic to legendary by reinventing her famous designs for a new era. Bazaar contributor Alexander Fury's book is a testament to that influence" - Harper's Bazaar

More than any other designer of her time, Gabrielle Chanel had the ability to predict the evolution of contemporary fashion. An extraordinary self-inventor, Chanel revolutionized the lifestyle of her time by inventing a modern concept of luxury minimalism, elevating humble fabrics such as jersey and tweed to couture status, giving birth to a new silhouette at once sophisticated and discreet, leaving its mark on the twentieth century with its modern spirit of discreet luxury.

The Chanel house represents modern fashion. Under its founder, the style of the modern woman was invented, through the image of Gabrielle Chanel herself. She dressed women to be free and her emancipated clothing reflected the changing landscape of society. His designs have fundamentally influenced what we wear and how we wear it. The house's work under his successor Karl Lagerfeld transformed fashion again: he drew the model of a fashion designer reviving a moribund house with elements from his own history. Just as Chanel created modern fashion, Lagerfeld in turn established the model for the modern fashion house. It has reshaped the clothes women wear, it has reshaped the industry that makes them.

This book is a literary museum exhibition, a curated selection of 100 iconic and signature looks from the house of Chanel, from the timeless Little Black Dress to the impeccably simple tweed suit, the apothecary-style perfume bottle, the two-tone pumps, the abundant strands of pearls and artificial stones, and quilted leather handbags adorned with diamonds, from Mademoiselle's revolutionary creations to Karl Lagerfeld's unexpected and even irreverent variations on his original codes.

Selected by fashion journalist Alexander Fury, Chanel: The Impossible Collection features the best images from the world's leading editorial photographers, specialist museums and private collections, including rarely seen archival photos, this Ultimate Collection volume is the collection par excellence for fashion aficionados.

Exclusive white gloves and canvas tote bag are included with every purchase of an Ultimate Collection book.


  • 232 pages
  • More than 180 illustrations
  • in English
  • Released in October 2019
  • W 39.8 x L 47.6 x D 7.9 cm
  • Limited edition handcrafted in a luxury flip case
  • ISBN: 9781614288107
  • 10.0kg

About the Author

Alexander Fury is a fashion journalist, author and critic. He is fashion editor of AnOther magazine and menswear critic for the Financial Times. From 2016 to 2018, he was the first chief fashion correspondent at T: The New York Times Style Magazine, and from 2013 to 2016 he was editor-in-chief of The Independent, i, and The Independent on Sunday. In 2018, Alexander Fury received an honorary doctorate in humane letters from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. His previous books include Dior by Gianfranco Ferré (Assouline, 2018); Dior: Catwalk (Thames and Hudson, 2017); and Catwalking: Photographs by Chris Moore (Laurence King, 2017).


Assouline's ultimate collection is a tribute to the art of luxury bookmaking. Hand-bound using traditional techniques, with hand-stamped color plates on artist-quality paper, each page of this limited edition series bears the unique imprint of the artisan. Covering a range of subjects from jewelry and fashion, to fine art and “impossible collections,” the ultimate collection curates culture from around the world and across the ages. Nestled in linen clamshell boxes, these books attract collectors, lovers of the printed page, and those who devour the culture of our time. Signifying a new level of sophistication for true connoisseurs, these unique books are works of art in their own right.

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