Fashion Babylon Paperback – 2 Jul 2007
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"Witty and naughty, it is a must read for every fashionista" (Caroline Jowett, Daily Express)
"Jaw-dropping stuff ... A real must read for anyone interested in fashion or obsessed by celebrity. Brave and brutally honest, it will have fashion's finest foaming at the mouth" (Kay Ribero, Heat)
"By avoiding cliche but including colour and explaining the money, Fashion Babylon will appeal to the consumer in everyone" (Annabel Rivkin,Evening Standard)
"The revelations spill out in a succession of asides from the narrator, or bitchy exchanges that leave you rubbing your hands with glee" (Lucy Davies, Evening Standard)
"An enthralling book which tells you as much about human life as it does about the fickle world of fashion. Excellent!" (Western Daily Press)
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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.
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!!!
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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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
Not your typical read, but has the flare of the Babylon Series.
If you are into fashion, a must read.
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 morePublished on 1 April 2011 by jobo
Having the read 3 other Babylon books before this one, I expected the same level and style of writing. Read morePublished on 5 Nov. 2010 by Londoner
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