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Fashion Babylon [Kindle Edition]

Imogen Edwards-Jones
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)

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'By avoiding cliché but including colour and explaining the money, Fashion Babylon will appeal to the consumer in everyone' -- Evening Standard

‘Witty and naughty, it is a must read for every fashionista’ -- Daily Express, 21 July 2006

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'By avoiding cliché but including colour and explaining the money, Fashion Babylon will appeal to the consumer in everyone'

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 457 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Transworld Digital; New Ed edition (31 Aug. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005G37T9Q
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #133,214 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Imogen Edwards-Jones is the bestselling author of Hotel Babylon, Air Babylon and Fashion Babylon, as well as novels such as My Canape Hell and Shagpile. She lives in west London with her husband and their young daughter.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and amusing read 22 Oct. 2006
Despite working in various fashion related circles in various jobs over the years, I had no idea of half the stuff that this book digs up (yes call me stupid, I like to think of it as seeing the glass as half full too much :P). Couldn't put this down due to the witty writing style (much like the other Babylons I've read), although the ending was a little frustrating - what happens next?! Was it all a wonderful success, does the lead remember to draw backs next season, does she get picked up by the big fash house?

Despite the ending I enjoyed this a lot and learnt a hell of a lot about the fashion world that I see so many girls getting light headed about - they should read this and realise just what a lot of old tosh the entire industry is and that paying several hundred pounds for a label piece of clothing is generally not worth it - especially when someone gets paid to sit around and draw pretty pictures all day and thats it! (I know we're meant to like the lead but I really disliked her intensely as she seems to believe she has it hard - go get a proper job love and then you can moan.)

Overall though I'd recommend this whether you want a light-hearted read, an interesting expose into the fash world or just something to take away your thoughts of life before bed time.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Calling all fashionistas! 1 Jan. 2009
By Zara
I was expecting more of an expose with this book but I found there to be too many cliches within the covers such as the models who don't eat, and the drugs... nothing too surprising there, so.... but I did enjoy the hierarchy of the fashion shows and who gets to sit where depending on their importance! This novel would also make me think twice about spending a fortune on 'designer' clothes from high end boutiques. The main character, a fashion designer who has dropped from Hot to Not in just one season is anything but loveable but nevertheless, she is highly amusing and although there isn't much of a storyline here, this book is a must read for anybody involved in the fashion business or anybody thinking of entering this fickle world and all the nonsense that goes with it. I found it easy to read and the book has interesting facts about the fashion business interwoven into the story if you can just try and ignore the obvious cliches that unfortunately pop up too often. This is my second book by this author and I'd definitely try one of her other ones as she's a witty, informed writer. If you're interested in fashion at all, pick it up - you won't be disappointed!
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fashion up Close and Personal 12 Nov. 2006
I really, really, really enjoyed this book and am glad I read it and finished it within 24 hours. I heard Imelda talking about her book on a London radio show and was gently intrigued. Then I watched 'The Devil wears Prada' and knew that I had to read this book to get the real deal on the fashion industry.

My dreams of becoming the first black male supermodel from London have been taken off the shelf, locked up in a safe, and the key thrown away. Whilst this book is really funny, there are things in this book that just make you u shake your head with amazement. What the heck is a model doing with two sexy toys inside them and a pair of handcuffs? That aint fashion- that is WRONG!! Lol!! It was interesting to read about the mark ups, cabbage, knock-offs, model hierarchy, backstage drama, and fashion parties. Whilst on one hand you feel sorry for the designers and all the hard work they put in, all of it in a razor edge of whether or not the industry will love it. On the other hand you read about the hotel suites, money spent wining and dining models and editors, and your sympathy for them starts to wane.

This is a good book for those who want to know what it is like behind the scenes and how much time and effort goes in to creating a line for a show. If you enjoy anything about fashion then make sure you read this. It makes me feel really sorry for the thousands of people entering those supermodel shows, because if this is what it is really like, they'd take a 9-5 job any day. Good read!!!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Laugh 2 Oct. 2006
Ok so it's no Dickens or Hardy. This book is light, easy reading that brings a smile to the face and some moments of out-loud laughter. It's not the best book I've ever read but then I didn't expect it to be. It doesn't try to hard and certainly doesn't take itself too seriously, which for me is a winning formula.

I'm just becoming more interested in fashion as I grow up (Im in my late teens) and this book is a gentle introduction into the crazy, non-stop world of a fashion designer, and despite some of the more goary details about models' underwear and so on, it has actually prompted me to look for a career in fashion.

So, the long and short of it is, if you're interested in fashion, looking for an easy holiday read or just a bit of a laugh, then this is the book for you. If you're looking for hardcore literature or a deep and meaningful book, then it's needless to say don't bother!

For what it is, I'd give it 5*s, but for an all round book it misses a little something.

It does exactly what it says on the tin.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fashion Babylon!!! 12 Dec. 2006
By Vicki
This book is fantastic! I have read both hotel babylon and air babylon and totally love the honesty in the writing and how the whole story is told, dirt and all. I am a fashion design student and when I spotted this book I was so excited! It has lived up to expectation. It both teaches snippets of the trade and gives an insight into the lifestyle... 10/10... Vicki
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Brilliant look at the fashion world - recommended
Published 27 days ago by New Angel
5.0 out of 5 stars very good!!
Just one word: very good!!!
Published 1 month ago by TOMASZ MAMELKA
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read
A great read
Published 3 months ago by Jane
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Great book! Arrived quickly
Published 6 months ago by Mo_nike
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!!!!!!
Fashion Babylon is the most enjoyable book if you are into fashion and live in London! all the places mentioned are real.
Published on 17 Jan. 2012 by Kla85
3.0 out of 5 stars Fashion Babylon
Not your typical read, but has the flare of the Babylon Series.
If you are into fashion, a must read.
Published on 6 Aug. 2011 by Jason Kenneth Mahar
1.0 out of 5 stars Boring.... predictable...
Was really looking forward to this book as I am really interested in the fashion industry and I do like a light read - however, I found it really boring and predictable and the... Read more
Published on 1 April 2011 by jobo
3.0 out of 5 stars A good read but...
Having the read 3 other Babylon books before this one, I expected the same level and style of writing. Read more
Published on 5 Nov. 2010 by GoldDragonFly
3.0 out of 5 stars Readable summary of British fashion world
For me the book fell down on the credibility of the central character. The female designer around which the collected anecdotes are hung (like her latest collection) is dull. Read more
Published on 13 Aug. 2010 by Jo B
5.0 out of 5 stars Material Girl / Fashion Babylon
I bought this book not realising it is actually the same as Fashion Babylon. I thought it was a follow on or a book of the TV series. Read more
Published on 6 May 2010 by C. Metcalfe
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