Designers, Muses & Personalities

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There was a time (1960–1970) in the fashion cycle when the likes of Capucci, Fabiani, Sorelle Fontana, Simonetta, Galitzine, and Forquet were leaders in Italy’s answer to France’s haute couture; th

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“1967 was a vintage year in the history of muses, those extraordinary creatures endowed with an irresistible and mysterious je ne sais quoi that kindles the imagination and inspiration of

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Shaun Leane is a definitive example of the genre on every level.

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The biggest misconception about the fashion business is that it is glamorous and filled with people cut from a precious cloth, pun intended, that few can compare to.

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Merriam Webster dictionary defines memoir as: a narrative composed from personal experience or a history of one’s life.

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Diana Vreeland was never short on proclamations of fashion and style as well as living life in a most fashionable and particular way.

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Jean Patchett was a ubiquitous part of the halcyon days of fashion in the ’50s.

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From the moment you begin to read Dior: Moments of Joy you become aware that this monograph is not like most within the genre.

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Before even opening this book, this reader was wondering what Alan Flusser could possibly bring to the table on the subject of Ralph Lauren. There are few designers who reflect the ubiquity of Mr.

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Here are some words that immediately came to mind upon finishing John Galliano for Dior: sumptuous, opulent, mesmerizing, all consuming, unimaginable, rapturous, incredible, and one of a k

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There are few brick and mortar establishments that can boast a history of more than two centuries, yet Henry Poole & Co.

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For any devoted fashion reader or fashionphile who worships at the holy altar of Miuccia Prada and her eponymous brand, Prada, here is your Holy Grail, Prada: The Complete Fashion Collections.

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For a well-educated fashion reader, a book of this ilk is something that would not normally be on a must-read list.  

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Zandra Rhodes is a perennial.”

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Gold and Gems is a stand-alone monograph within the genre of fine or precious jewelry.

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Coco Chanel was born in 1883 or thereabouts since she never really divulged her age, and she died in 1971.

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Hunks and Heroes: Jim Moore: The GQ Years is a visual extravaganza of Jim Moore’s resume and his 40 years at Gentlemen’s Quarterly, as it was originally named.

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Ms. Rochas delivers a gift of fashion history . . .”

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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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