Monday, March 18, 2019

"Along Came Coco" by Eva Byrne (Abrams Books for Young Readers)

Here's a fabulous book about one of the most influential and important fashion icons ever to cut a cloth.

Eva Byrne's gorgeous book "Along Came Coco" celebrates the creativity and joie de vivre of this legendary fashion designer.

In a time when children were meant to be seen and not heard, along came Coco, a small French orphan with an eye for style, a talent for sewing, and a big imagination. 

Coco grew up in an orphanage run by very strict nuns, but she wasn’t very good at following rules. 

Girls were told to brush their hair 100 times until their arms were sore, Coco promised herself that one day she would snip away her locks so that she wouldn’t have to be so fussy—girls needed time for other things, and they needed some of the comforts that boys enjoyed (too right!)

Why shouldn’t girls have pockets? And why did they have to wear corsets all the time? 

How do you solve a problem like Coco? 

An exploration of Coco’s early life and a celebration of her creativity, Along Came Coco shows the ways in which Coco Chanel’s imaginative spirit led her to grow into one of the world’s most beloved fashion icons.

Cutting a dash through Paris in the finest threads imaginable!
There are so many folk in the fashion industry that C worships, fancying herself as a bit of a fashion guru but none more so than Coco Chanel, whose impact and influence is still felt to this very day, and whose enduring brands are still as sought after as ever. We really loved the illustrations in this one too, as they look like fashion drawings should. Brilliant stuff!

Sum this book up in a sentence: A glorious history of an amazing iconic woman who redefined fashion for generations of women. 

"Along Came Coco" by Eva Byrne is out on the 19th March 2019, published by Abrams Young Readers (kindly supplied for review).