We are delighted to welcome fashion writer, journalist, editor and author Justine Picardie to the 2018 Fairway Galle Literary Festival.

FGLF2018 Participant - Justine Picardie

Justine Picardie, is editor-in-chief of Harper’s Bazaar UK and Town & Country UK and author five books, including the biography Coco Chanel, The Legend and the Life which was shortlisted for the Galaxy National Book Awards.

FGLF 2018 Participant Justine Picardie's Book - Coco Chanel

Coco Chanel explores what lies beneath the glossy surface of a mythic fashion icon. The story of Gabrielle Chanel begins with an abandoned child, as lost as a girl in a dark fairy tale. Unveiling remarkable new details about Chanel’s early years in a convent orphanage and her flight into unconventional adulthood, Justine peels away the layers of romance and myth surrounding the legend of Coco Chanel, revealing the true history of the incredible woman who shaped modern fashion and created an empire of haute couture. Picardie’s unprecedented research illuminates Chanel’s path from little-known seamstress to the aristocracy of style in this stunning look at the fashion icon, illustrated with more than sixty color and black-and-white images.

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Justine Picardie has been with Harper’s Bazaar since September 2012 and launched Town & Country in 2014. As the editor-in-chief she is responsible for the editorial excellence of both magazine brands.


FGLF 2018 Participant Justine Picardie's Magazine Covers for Harpers Bazaar and Town and Country.

Formerly a features editor of British Vogue, Picardie has held a number of editorial leadership roles across glossy magazines and newspapers, including the Observer, the Independent and Independent on Sunday.

Picardie worked on the launch of Marie Claire with Harper’s Bazaar US editor-in-chief Glenda Bailey, and as a consultant on the launch of Hearst-owned lifestyle magazine, Red.


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