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KARL LAGERFELD has lent his illustrative talents to The Allure of Chanel, a book by Paul Morand - originally released in English in 2008 without his sketches - about the woman who founded the label, Coco Chanel. Received enthusiastically by critics on its release, and billed as "Chanel on Chanel," the book goes inside the designer's mind - and this reworked version has been well-received by the house of Chanel.

Morand - who wrote the book when he met Chanel in a hotel in St Moritz in 1946, where she shared her philosophies and stories with him - was a close friend of the designer and writes from a privileged position within her inner circle. The book hears Chanel's own thoughts on everything from her greatest loves, to her most famous creations - and as you might expect from expect from the fiery innovator, she doesn't hold back her opinions.

"Fashion should be discussed enthusiastically, and sanely; and above all without poetry, without literature," she told Morand, he recounts in the book. "A dress is neither a tragedy, nor a painting; it is a charming and ephemeral creation, not an everlasting work of art. Fashion should die and die quickly, in order that commerce may survive."

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Morand was born in Paris in 1888 and his first collection of stories - Tender Shoots, published in1921 - was introduced by his friend Marcel Proust. He wrote poetry, novels, short stories and travel books in a long and varied career, and The Allure Of Chanel was first published in French in 1976, the year he died.

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