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Marisa Berenson: A Life in Pictures Hardcover – 11 Oct 2011

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Rizzoli International Publications; 01 edition (11 Oct. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0847836541
  • ISBN-13: 978-0847836543
  • Product Dimensions: 24.9 x 2.7 x 30.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 492,546 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Her incredible, precocious, fabulous life will see all new life this October in a book from Rizzoli, complete with an introduction by Hamish Bowles, a conversation with Diane von Furstenberg, and guest-edited by Steven Meisel." "Hint Magazine

"""Marisa Berenson: A Life in Pictures" is a lavish and deeply personal visual biography that reveals the life of an extraordinary woman who has been at the center of society, fashion, film, and contemporary culture for decades." Fashionwindows.com

"Her autobiography came out in 2010, and now we have a new book that perhaps traces Berenson's life even more clearly: "Marisa Berenson: A Life in Pictures" brings together more than 300 shots featuring the model. It's an exploration not only of her fantastic career, but also of the history of fashion, art and cinema." "Vogue Italy"

"Her incredible, precocious, fabulous life will see all new life this October in a book from Rizzoli, complete with an introduction by Hamish Bowles, a conversation with Diane von Furstenberg, and guest-edited by Steven Meisel." "Hint Magazine

"""Marisa Berenson: A Life in Pictures" is a lavish and deeply personal visual biography that reveals the life of an extraordinary woman who has been at the center of society, fashion, film, and contemporary culture for decades." Fashionwindows.com

About the Author

Hamish Bowles is the European editor at large for American "Vogue." He is the author of numerous books, including "Balenciaga: Spanish Master." Diane von Furstenberg is a legendary fashion designer and "It Girl" in her own right.

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A fascinating account of the life of an iconic figure. This book gives an insight into the private life of a legend. Through it all, through the scintillations of being an It girl and the desolations of private tragedies that became public ones, Marisa has remained beautiful and serene, her life guided by the mysticism and spirituality that she first discovered during a vigil at an Indian ashram with the Beatles in the sixties.
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By GRP TOP 500 REVIEWER on 8 Nov. 2015
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Vittoria Marisa Schiaparelli Berenson is an American award winning actress and former top international model. She appeared on the front covers of Vogue and Time magazines. Berenson was born in New York City. Her father, Robert Lawrence Berenson, was an American career diplomat turned shipping executive of Lithuanian Jewish descent. Her mother was born Maria Luisa Yvonne Radha de Wendt de Kerlor, better known as Gogo Schiaparelli and was a socialite of Italian, Swiss, French, and Egyptian ancestry. Berenson's maternal grandmother was the legendary fashion designer and couturier Elsa Schiaperelli.

Naturally with her looks, elegance, sophistication and great pedigree she became a fashion model who came to prominence in the early 1960’s. She was once one of the highest paid models in the world. She appeared in numerous fashion layouts for Vogue in the early 1970’s. She was also known as "The Queen of the Scene" for her frequent appearances at nightclubs like 'Studio 54' and other social venues in her youth. In fact the great Yves Saint Laurent dubbed her "the it girl of the Seventies".

Eventually she was cast in several prominent film roles and continues to appear in films and support the high end fashion world, as top designers still adore her. Here as the book title says, we have her life in pictures. It’s every inch the very glossy glamorous affair you would expect.
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Amazon.com: 4.2 out of 5 stars 10 reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A Family Keepsake 12 Jan. 2015
By Marianne Lather - Published on Amazon.com
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A beautiful book! I purchased this book for my daughter on her birthday. I named her after Marisa Berenson. I loved the name and Ms Berenson is a woman of substance.
5.0 out of 5 stars A pleasure to see 2 May 2013
By Brigitte Gaupp-berghausen - Published on Amazon.com
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It is a pkeasure to look at such beautiful pictures! One can not get egnough of it! It would be nice to see more just private pictures of Marisas parents and family...
5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST 26 Jun. 2013
By douglass farley - Published on Amazon.com
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wonderfuuly photgraghed with atmosheric ethers. A Joy!!! A valued treasure for the library to keep, enjoy, and to re=discover when the mood strikes.
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star 27 Jan. 2015
By Lyn Ca. - Published on Amazon.com
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I returned this book. as I did not order it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not really a bio; not really a fashion book - what is it? 18 Nov. 2011
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I remember looking at my mother's Vogue magazines & seeing a beautiful model that I was later to know was named Marisa Berenson. Ms. Berenson truly defined an era, the boomers at the height of flower power & the apotheosis of post-modern. So I was delighted when I saw this book & couldn't wait to get it. Being weaned on my mom's fashion magazines, the 60's and early '70s fashion images are indelibly branded in my memory. Unfortunately, I am not sure how to make sense of the book; it just doesn't hang together. The full page photos by the iconic photographers, Penn, Scavullo, de Rosnay, Aarons, Horst, etc. are unquestionably stunning, but there are questionable editorial choices that I would not have expected of Rizzoli, which really takes away from the book. Either Ms. Berenson was ill advised, or the editors rushed to print? To wit: Some photos are obviously reproductions of photos; not produced by negatives. The result is that the images are grainy, and image quality not what I would expect of a fine publisher. Some photos have been enlarged when they were never meant to support an image 5x the original, and sadly suffer distortion. Only the first few full photo pages/last few photo pages of the book have dates of when photos were taken. The inside of the book is characterized by pages of photos, some full page and others punctuated by mish-mash collages of thumbnail photos showing Ms. Berenson with people who she hobbed nobbed with - some famous, some, well who cares, there are so many thumbnail images. It sort of has the feel of a high school yearbook. Each thumbnail photo is numbered & individuals identified by name on a side bar of the page. Some numbers don't match, some individuals are misnamed, some are named but are not in the picture! (E.g., one photo just has the arm of the person named - I know it's a thumbnail photo, but someone at Rizzoli was scissor-happy.) Just two editorial narratives, one with Diane von Furstenberg, revealing how they met & how they went skiing. Chronology? Commentaries on fashion in the never-to-be repeated heady days of the haute couture? Experiences working Harper's & Vogue as the "It" model? Interesting insights to being the first and perhaps only uber supermodel (pedigree + supermodel)of the 20th century? Any captions to accompany those great fashion photos? Why is the photo that launched a thousand jet-set-wannabes to Sardinia - I am talking about the Slim Aarons photo of purple-turbaned Marisa Berenson living la dolce vita beachside - blown up to full page & out of focus; the ink separation of the book blurring in the process? There are late 60s, 70s photos mixed in with later and probably more recent photos of Marisa Berenson -- are we to be given the impression that the beautiful Marisa "then", looks the same as the beautiful Marisa "now"? (Shades of Dorian Gray.) This book would have been fasincinating if there was a narrative or anecdotes (in first or third person) of Marisa Berenson's journey through an incredible life and her fashion insights, in addition to the gorgeous looks, beautiful people, clothes & places. As it is, it's not a "life" in pictures (no chronology, not commentary), and it's not fashion history (no captions, no dates!). I think Marisa Berenson deserves a better book!
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