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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Corgi; New Ed edition (2 July 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0552154431
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552154437
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 2.3 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 281,591 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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From high fashion to high street - a peek up the skirts of the world's most glamourous industry

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Format: Hardcover
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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Format: Hardcover
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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This book definately is not as good as the previous Babylons. The problem I think is that we already know so much about the fashion industry, that there wasn't a single thing in this book that we don't already know. For example, lots of people in the fashion industry take cocaine, they drink champagne, clothes are hugely marked up compared to the cost to make, models do not eat anything, Naomi Campbell is officially a pain in the neck, and young models are exploited. This book is very readable and mildly entertaining, so if you are recovering from the flu or want an easy read on holiday it is ideal. However, don't buy it expecting any mind blowing revelations.
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Format: Hardcover
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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Format: Paperback
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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