Designers, Muses & Personalities

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King of Fashion: The Autobiography of Paul Poiret is a book meant for those who are inclined toward fashion history.

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Almost any fashionphile or Anglophile will recognize the name Norman Hartnell, the designer who wardrobed the princesses and queens of the British Royal monarchy for almost one half century.

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Forty years and over eighty collections/shows are what make Yves Saint Laurent: The Complete Haute Couture Collections the quintessential last word in the oeuvre of this designer.

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What is quite extraordinary about Mary Quant is that it explores and examines the fashion tsunami she created in the ’60s.

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The astute and prolific fashion reader or the Charles James aficionado will immediately wonder how Charles James: The Couture Secrets of Shape differs from Charles James: Portrait of a

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“A book that should not be hidden but proudly displayed and offered to others.”

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It is as if Alexandra Palmer has made the impossible possible; she delivers still one more tome that examines Christian Dior: both Maison Christian Dior and the designer Christian Dior.

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If you have a notion that everything that needed to be written about the late great Christian Dior and those who succeeded him has been already written, you would be absolutely incorrect in this as

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“Otto Jakob: Ripe Fruit is just this fascinating exploration of art, design, and craftsmanship that can actually be classified as stand-alone within the genre.”

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This reviewer had no idea what to expect from Pharrell: A Fish Doesn't Know It's Wet coupled with no idea why Pharrell Williams has anything to say about anything other than his m

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If ever there was or is a book that presents a conundrum for a reviewer, this is it; Stephanie Pfriender Stylander: The Untamed Eye is a mystery in so many ways. 

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If you are a fan of Marc Jacobs and his body of work as a designer then it would behoove you to run, not walk, to buy this book.

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Do not be misled by the title of the book as most prospective readers will be expecting a large monograph filled with a plethora of glossy images using clothes from the Chanel archive.

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“Bill Cunningham was a New York institution, part of what made NYC the fashion capitol of the world.”

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René Lacoste created probably the most ubiquitous and enduring brand logo that comes to mind; decades before there was Ralph Lauren’s polo pony there was the Lacoste alligator.

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The recipe for the success of this monograph is equal parts Giles Deacon (brilliantly talented and visionary designer), Katie Grand (muse, editor and stylist for the biggest names in fashion) and

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House of Nutter: The Rebel Tailor of Savile Row is so much more than just the story of the trajectory of Tommy Nutter.

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Having reviewed six books dealing with the life of the Alexander McQueen and his oeuvre, it can be said that Rasmussen brings nothing new to the table.

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Before the prospective reader even opens Guo Pei: Couture Beyond, they need to be aware that this is not so much about haute couture but rather about the art and craft of haute couture; th

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Charles James: Portrait of an Unreasonable Man must be examined and evaluated on multiple levels: there is James the genius; James the spoiled narcissist; James the master networker; the s

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Before you even open the book and begin to take this journey, the reader is assured that this will not be Pulitzer or Nobel Prize material.

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It is a rare, if not an improbable occurrence, that a reader/reviewer/fashionphile can call a monograph such as Olivier Theyskens: She Walks in Beauty a haunting, moody, poetic, and yet wi

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There are libraries filled with books that celebrate the glories of fashion, but there are scant few books that can sit beside Norell: Master of American Fashion.

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Rarely does a reader get to enjoy the sensation of sheer joy while being reminded that there are indeed many reasons to buy, own, and read a book.

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