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The Spring Fashion Book List

This spring, add to your Spring Reading List a few books by and about some of the most influential and game-changing women in fashion. These selections delve into the complicated lives of women like Elsa Schiaparelli, Betty Halbreich,  Edith Head, and Loulou de la Falaise.


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54da88fc4ad4d_-_hbz-fashion-books-12-92501386-xlShocking Life
By Elsa Schiaparelli

“Elsa Schiaparelli (1890–1973) was one of the leading fashion designers of the 1920s, ’30s, and ’40s. Her fascinating autobiography, first published in 1954, charts her rise from a rat-infested apartment in Rome to success in fashion, through the war years when she worked for the American Red Cross, to her eventual role as designer to the stars.” (Victoria & Albert Museum, publisher)






54bc2bd86fa4d_-_hbz-fashion-books-02-28380802I’ll Drink to That
By Betty Halbreich

“Eighty-six-year-old Betty Halbreich is a true original. A tough broad who could have stepped straight out of Stephen Sondheim’s repertoire, she has spent nearly forty years as the legendary personal shopper at Bergdorf Goodman, where she works with socialites, stars, and ordinary women off the street. She has helped many find their true selves through clothes, frank advice, and her own brand of wisdom. She is trusted by the most discriminating persons—including Hollywood’s top stylists—to tell them what looks best. But Halbreich’s personal transformation from a cosseted young girl to a fearless truth teller is the greatest makeover of her career.” (Penguin Press, publisher)




81fm2kf391LHow to Dress for Success
By Edith Head

“‘You can do anything you want in life if you dress for it,’ says Edith Head in How to Dress for Success. Would you like to look younger, prettier, slimmer? Would you like to attract a new man and hold on to the current one? Would you like to get a better job and earn more money? Then this is your book. Edith Head (1897-1981) dressed stars from Grace Kelly and Elizabeth Taylor to Sophia Loren and Audrey Hepburn. This reprint of Head’s 1967 tome serves as a timeless reference to looking your best. Head offers no-nonsense, and often hilarious, fashion advice. Illustrated with Head’s original black-and-white line drawings and packaged with a chic cloth cover, this pocket-size guide is packed with smart tips on how to accessorize, dress for all occasions, and develop your own personal style.” (Abrams, publisher)



41yngL9IUOLLoulou de la Falaise
By Ariel de Ravenel

“Loulou de la Falaise is the first monograph to celebrate the life and work of the style icon. Renowned for her bohemian chic and daring style as well as for her lightness, nonchalance, and humor, Loulou de la Falaise was not only an influential fashion icon but also a breath of fresh air to the world of Parisian haute couture. The Anglo-French beauty modeled briefly for Diana Vreeland’s Vogue before moving to Paris in 1972 to work alongside the iconic designer Yves Saint Laurent. For almost 40 years, de la Falaise would forge her professional reputation designing extraordinary jewelry and accessories both for Yves Saint Laurent and for her own line. This volume is a life in pictures, with more than 400 images by legendary contemporary photographers.” (Rizzoli, publisher)


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