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Here’s what I can do. I can pick up the phone and call fashion designers to say “Pardonnez-moi but abricot pourri is the new black. Je vous en prie. You’re welcome.” I think Coco Chanel and I could have been best friends because she is absolutely chic and different like me. I think she would have liked that I want to become the President of Mars and wear a dress with sneakers. – SOPHIE
The rags-to-riches story of Coco Chanel plays out in a wonderful picture-book biography as full of style and spirit as its heroine. Written and Illustrated by Elizabeth Matthews.
Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel was always different. And she vowed to prove that being different was an advantage! Poor, skinny, and orphaned, Coco stubbornly believed that she was as good as the wealthier girls of Paris. Tapping into her creativity and her sewing skills, she began making clothes that suited her (and her pocketbook) — and soon a new generation of independent working women craved her sleek, comfortable, and practical designs. Now an icon of fashion and culture, Coco Chanel continues to inspire young readers, showing just how far a person can come with spunk, determination, and flair.
Elizabeth Matthews made her chic picture-book debut with Different Like Coco, a lively look at a legendary woman. Says the author-illustrator, “When I look in my closet, it’s easy to appreciate what Coco Chanel accomplished for herself, for women, for fashion, and, of course, for little black dresses everywhere.” A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, Elizabeth Matthews lives in Cumberland, Rhode Island.