Coco Chanel was a paragon of what it meant to be a modern woman decades before the term 'feminism' entered our vocabulary. This biographical account does not ignore her revolutionary fashion ideas, but places the spotlight on the story of her deep involvements with the avant-garde artists of her day. According the author, she was a source of attraction to a host of cultural figures of the last century, among them Picasso, Stravinsky, Dalí, Diaghilev and Lifar from the world of ballet, and Marlene Dietrich, Romy Schneider and Luchino Visconti from the world of film, many of whom received her discreet support. Chanel's relationship with the artistic realm is illuminated by the illustrations. This book includes quotes from Chanel herself on fashion, society, art and attitudes.