'Vogue On Designers - a new, compact series of books, small enough to carry in your handbag but still hardbacked - is destined to take pride of place in many a carefully edited library. The series stands out for the unique access all the writers have had to the magazine's archive of photography and illustrations. The Condé Nast library has offered up an unprecedented quantity and quality of images, shot by everyone from Cecil Beaton to Mario Testino and Tim Walker. Thanks to Vogue having first charted the careers of these designers, their lives and works within its pages, there was a vast amount of original material for the writers to draw on, making this a dream project. Each of the four designers' stories comes back to life - the images of their collections acting as prompts, reminding us just how dramatic their impact has been on the way we dress. From detailing how hard the designers worked to how they lived with their visionary brilliance, the books made a captivating assessment of their power and their legacy today. These aren't vast coffee-table books to gather dust, but new fashion friends to be read, perused and revisited for inspiration.' --VOGUE, October 2012
'Four fabulous little books on four era-defining designers of the 20th century.' --The Mail on Sunday, 16th September 2012
'Oh, we do love an affordable snippet of style and the new Vogue On series offers just that.' --Image Magazine, September 2012
'Like the girls modelling the exquisite clothes, the books are slim, enchanting and beautifully proportioned. The text is brief but informative, and laced with delicious quotes such as this from Chanel: 'Dress shabbily and they remember the dress; dress impeccably and they remember the woman.' --Mail on Sunday, 7th October 2012
About the Author
Bronwyn Cosgrave is the author of three critically acclaimed fashion history books including Made For Each Other and Fashion and the Academy Awards, the first complete fashion history of the Oscars. She is a TV commentator, luxury brand consultant and the founding chairperson of the Dorchester Collection Fashion Prize. She is the former features editor of British Vogue, and a regular contributor to the international editions of Vogue.