Ralph Lauren Hardcover – 1 Oct 2007
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"This monumental book tells his story like a movie. If only we could live in its pages." "House Beautiful"
About the Author
Ralph Lauren began his career in 1967, designing neckties under the label Polo. Today, his collections include menswear, womenswear, accessories, fragrance, and home. He has received numerous awards for his work in fashion, philanthropy, and humanitarian causes, and is the only designer to receive the CFDA's four highest honors: Womenswear Designer of the Year, Menswear Designer of the Year, Retailer of the Year, and Lifetime Achievement.
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Top Customer Reviews
Those unconvinced by the style and manner of the house will remain so, but to have created this legendary brand, label and house is a great achievement. This book beautifully captures and encapsulates it.
He briefly worked for Brooks Brothers as a sales assistant before leaving to become a salesman for a tie company. He left to establish his own tie company where he successfully sold his ties to small shops in New York, but his breakthrough was selling them to Neiman Marcus. In 1967, with the financial backing of clothing manufacturer Norman Hilton, Lauren opened his first store where he also sold ties of his own design, under the label "Polo".
In 1970, he released a line of women's suits that were tailored in a classic men's style. In 1972 he unveiled his first Ralph Lauren collection for women. He was also contracted in 1974 to provide clothing for the Robert Redford, Mia Farrow movie The Great Gatsby. Of course since then he has dressed many 'A' list celebrities for red carpet events and for other films.
By 2007 Lauren had over 35 boutiques in the United States alone, along with many others around the world. He is not known for a single signature look, but rather for his sweeping dreams of American and European living: the polo-shirted athletes charging down the fields, the beaches of Montauk, the cowboy in the wilderness. Over the course of his career, the images of luxury, adventure, and beauty have come to define American and European style, and elevate it far beyond the reaches of fashion. He has recreated the past by making it relevant, creating looks for today and tomorrow.Read more ›
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My husband has hardly put this book down since I bought it. Needless to say he's pleased with the bookPublished 13 months ago by Deborah
A complete, honest and sincere mega book in his own words and photos from the legends career.Published 23 months ago by bjørn t sand