Chanel’s Riviera – Anne de Courcy


Far from worrying about the onset of war, in the spring of 1938 the burning question on the French Riviera was whether one should curtsey to the Duchess of Windsor. Few of those who had settled there thought much about what was going on in the rest of Europe. It was a golden, glamorous life, far removed from politics or conflict.

Featuring a sparkling cast of artists, writers and historical figures including Winston Churchill, Daisy Fellowes, Salvador Dali, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, Eileen Gray and Edith Wharton, and with the enigmatic Coco Chanel at its heart.

From Chanel’s first summer at her Roquebrune villa La Pausa amid the glamour of the pre-war parties and casinos in Antibes, Nice and Cannes, this book explores the fascinating world of the Cote d’Azur elite in the 1930s and 1940s.