Picks and Pans Review: Coco Chanel: Couture's Original Queen

updated 09/08/2008 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 09/08/2008 AT 01:00 AM EDT

In Coco Chanel: Three Weeks 1962, photographer Douglas Kirkland shares never-published images of the fashion colossus in and out of her Paris workshop—cutting fabric, schmoozing, gossiping and chain-smoking. She was 79; he was 27. But they bonded: "I wondered if she thought of me as the son she never had," he writes, "or some distant lover from her past."

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