100 Unforgettable Dresses Hardcover – 5 Dec 2011
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“This book is a gallery of…dressmaking magic. I feel as though I am looking at a very special family album, one that revels in the joy, happiness, and desire we inspire in others when we triumph in creating moments of memorable beauty.” (Alber Elbaz)
From the Back Cover
100 Unforgettable Dresses is filled with the stories, secrets, intrigue, and insights behind the most indelible dresses in our collective memories. Featuring looks from the runway, film, television, the red carpet, and the worlds of royalty and politics, this book celebrates the staying power of these gorgeous, sleek, sultry, and outrageous creations as well as the lasting impact they’ve had in fashion, popular culture, and our own lives. More than two hundred images, a witty, informative text, and exclusive interviews with the designers and the women who wore the dresses reveal the initial spark and captivating drama behind the making of each dress. Also featured throughout are extensive anecdotes and observations about great style makers—Grace Kelly, Audrey Hepburn, Cher, Sarah Jessica Parker, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, and Cate Blanchett—highlighting the conception of their most spectacular looks and examining their lasting influence.
Here is the tale of how a canny Gianni Versace helped an unknown Elizabeth Hurley become world famous overnight, thanks to the paparazzi frenzy whipped up by her red-carpet appearance in his now legendary safety-pin dress. Learn about the unique wedding gown Narciso Rodriguez designed exclusively for Caroline Bessette-Kennedy that inspired a whole new generation of brides. Go on the set of Top Hat, where Ginger Rogers’s ostrich-feather-laden dress began to molt immediately upon arrival, its flying feathers bringing the film’s production to a halt. Of course, the seminal work of exemplary designers—Yves Saint Laurent’s Mondrian dress and Christian Lacroix’s pouf, Chanel’s little black dress and Valentino’s infamous red ones, Diane von Furstenberg’s iconic wrap and Marc Jacobs’s grunge collection—is featured throughout, with plenty of inside information on what inspired the invention of each piece.
With its wonderful anecdotes, fascinating facts, and just enough juicy gossip, 100 Unforgettable Dresses is a bewitching read for everyone who enjoys sensational clothes, movies, television, and music. Whether you’re a fashion maven, a red-carpet addict, a celebrity tracker, or a pop-culture aficionado, you won’t be able to put this book down!See all Product description
Top customer reviews
The pages themselves are not the glossy high quality ones you expect in a book which is supposed to show photographs of some of the most beautiful dresses produced, in fact the pages were quite grainy in texture ( which matched the quality of many of the photographs ).
If you have looked at the on-line inside preview of the book you will have already seen some of the best photographs the book has to offer, many of the other photographs are taken from film and television stills with many not even showing the dress in full but just a cropped head to hip shot (as is the case of the beautiful red opera dress worn by Julia Roberts in Pretty Women) others are small grainy black and white photos showing no detail of dresses I know to be stunning such as the one depicted as the front cover which was worn by Jackie Kennedy, while other more modern and up to date photos have been shot at such an odd angle as to make even the most willowy actresses look short and out of proportion.
Don't get me wrong I did enjoy reading this book and for just under £15 its not bad, but I was just expecting so much more and what could have been a lovely coffee table book has now been relegated to the book shelf.
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