5 speakers 15 minutes each

Justine Picardie

on Coco Chanel

Justine Picardie is a bestselling author, Sunday Telegraph Magazine columnist and former features editor of British Vogue. She has spent the last decade puzzling over the truth about Coco Chanel. In her acclaimed biography published in 2010 she unravelled the history of the incredible woman who created the way we look now. Picardie brings the mysterious Gabrielle Chanel out of hiding, to celebrate her great achievements, at the same time as casting a clear eye over her transgressions. Using images she shows how the work of Coco was informed by her experiences in a convent as a child. Picardie also describes how close her links to Great Britain were and how under appreciated this fact is. Justine Picardie is the author of two novels and four non-fiction titles including 2002’s bestselling non-fiction memoir, If The Spirit Moves You, her first novel, Wish I May and Daphne.