Designers, Muses & Personalities

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Think: clothing as theater and spectacle!”

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If you ascribe to the adage that truth is stranger than fiction then step right up, this is a book that’s perfect for you.

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As any habitué of the fashion circuit will tell you, the most excitement happens off the catwalk and not during that 10 minute over the top display of a fashion designer’s latest collection.

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Coach: A History of New York Cool delivers far more than one expects especially if the reader is all about the glories of New York City as well as being a fan of the brand.

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The first issue that slaps you in the face is the title of this book, especially once you examine the table of contents in The New French Couture.

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Be ready to have the legacy that is Brigitte Bardot unfold right in front of your eyes.

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To say that Versace is a history of the brand is a tad misleading as the book is much more about Donatella Versace and the role she has played in the ascension of the brand.

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Olympia Le-Tan can be appreciated on many levels. The book can be so many different things to each reader depending on the reader’s fashion education or trend exposure.

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Castelbajac, the book, and Jean-Charles de Castelbajac, the designer, stand as reminders to those in fashion that this man was indeed a visionary in his prescient approach to fashion.

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There are two kernels of advice that immediately came to mind upon the completion of reading this book. Number one: Don’t judge a book by its cover. Number two: Always consider the source.

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Unlike its kissing cousin, LEVIS, the name Carhartt is not as ubiquitous, but as the title states it is a work in progress.

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What is immensely interesting about a book of this scope is who/what is included and then who/what is excluded.

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"The hardest working dog in fashion."
—from T magazine

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There seems to be no end to the attraction to and fascination with the designer Christian Dior as well as his maison, his oeuvre, and his clientele.

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The author of this book suffered an unspeakable horror unlike any of us might ever imagine or experience in our lifetimes.

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Apparently there are never enough pages, not enough illustrations nor enough photographs that are devoted to the illustrious and legendary designer, Coco Chanel.

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Couture Confessions is a book that should assessed based on two distinct points of view depending on the reading experience/history of each reader.

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The first thing that must be taken into account here is that Balenciaga: Master of Lace serves as a French/English catalogue from an exhibition of the same name which took place a

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“Bonnie Cashin is a law unto herself,” said Bernadine Morris, fashion critic of the New York Times.

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Some might say narcissist, some might say egotist, and some might even say elitist, but no one can deny that Cecil Beaton was in many ways an arbiter of taste and style.

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Frank Horvat is considered to be one of the most influential and notable photographers of the 20th century, and yet he is not as well known as many of his colleagues.

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Most readers might assume that this book would be about Mariano Fortuny and his contributions to the world of fashion. If that is the expectation, you could not be less on target.

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How can this book be adequately reviewed when there are not possibly enough superlatives to describe and discuss Cartier Dazzling: High Jewelry and Precious Objects?

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What a way to start off the year for books of this genre.

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It has often been asked whether Haute Couture is an art, but rarely has that question been applied to or asked of Haute Coiffure—that is if you even knew there was such a category of hair/hairdress

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