100 Unforgettable Dresses Hal Rubenstein

100 Unforgettable Dresses Hal Rubenstein
I just purchased this through Amazon. I was initially wary of the title as I’ve been rather disappointed with most of the fashion-themed books published this year and for the last few years (and I’ve been buying fashion books for decades including anything with the word “couture” or “Vreeland” or “Yohji” or “Comme” in the title). However, it was a sheer joy to read from page 1 till the end; even the acknowledgements are so well-written. The author is witty, perceptive, sensitive to the ephemeral pleasure and excitement of fashion shows, alert to the technical details or innovations in a dress, fashion conscious (as opposed to some of the new titles written by bloggers or associate professors in design with no fashion passion and no references in the history of fashion) – there is delight in a superbly apt description of the dress and of that very moment when the dress made that impact. If you enjoyed the passion of Martin Gottfried in Broadway Musicals (1986), then you will know what I’m referring to. All through, there are little known delicious tidbits associated with each dress; for example, the seams on Carolyn Bessette Kennedy’s Narciso wedding dress (not a favourite dress of mine but that’s not the point) and a wonderful little story about the cutting of the dress (which I cannot spoil for the next reader). One doesn’t have to agree with all his choices but I was thrilled that he chose Anne Margaret’s dress in the opening sequence of Bye Bye Birdie. The description of Carmen Kass walking in the Chanel rtw ostrich feathered dress is gorgeous. I’m probably overreacting (slightly) here but this is not fashion writing, this is prose.

100 Unforgettable Dresses Hal Rubenstein
100 Unforgettable Dresses Hal Rubenstein

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