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Models Close-Up Hardcover – 18 Sep 1998

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Channel 4 Books, London; First edition (18 Sept. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752213237
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752213231
  • Product Dimensions: 22 x 1.9 x 28 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 27 July 2004
Format: Paperback
A book like this will normally be expected to contain lots of outstanding photographs with beautiful reproductions. Oddly, the photographs are the weakest part of the book. Much of the book is focused on brief, superficial interviews with famous model industry personalities conducted by David Bailey. The essays primarily repeat what popular magazines have said about the industry over the years, and are written in a similar style to that used in fashion magazines. If you are a younger person, and want to know about what modeling was like before the 90s, the text will probably be of some interest to you.
The essays begin with one about the role of the female model, and how these women emerged from being mannequins (or a blank canvases) who were often expoited into becoming well-known personalities who often developed nonmodeling careers (such as acting). The history of how agents went from controlling the industry (and getting 40 percent of the fees paid to the models) to losing control is then described. Some of the top fashion photographers are profiled next, along with their styles. Brief essays also look at designers, editors, the supermodel phenomenon, those who were harmed by becoming models (especially during heroin chic), and the fashion legends.
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It's not too bad but I expected better. I mainly bought it because I was hoping for a lot of pictures of Jean Shrimpton but unfortunately, there aren't that many. If I had known, I wouldn't have bought it.
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Bailey's models revealed with background commentaries by the man himself. Just as revealing about his personality development. To me, it resonates with his own self-opinion, seemingly with a "throw-away" attitude to the beautiful camera fodder he consumed in his professional and social climb. I admire the published results illustrated but the background shots leave me feeling uncomfortable with the high octane, wasteful world it illustrates. Those that made it through to a settled life must be truly exceptional personalities. I'm not sure the title truly expresses the actual content. I'm left wanting something more respectful of the women revealed and less about their photographer.
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