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Caroline WeberOne of this book's most engaging features is its meticulously researched account of life in a Parisian atelier: the complicated pecking order, the nasty internecine rivalries, the technical intricacies of assembling couture garments, the at times overwhelming pressures of creating beauty on a deadline. Like her heroine—who announces in the novel's memorable first line that "instead of dying, I learned how to sew"—Diliberto seems to have a genuine love for clothing as craft. She is at her best not so much when providing details of Chanel's actual styles…as when emphasizing the workmanship that gave them their allure.
—The Washington Post