What is fashion? What is fashionable? Who decides what's in and what's out? Why is it green one year and blue the next? Why is one little black dress worth five thousand dollars and another worth fifty? Is the catwalk really that catty? What makes a supermodel so super?
And a designer too hot to touch? Who is making money? Who owns whom? Who hates whom? And who's in each other's pockets? The answers are all to be found in Fashion Babylon.
Taking the reader through six months in a designer's life, it explains how a collection is put together -- from the objects of inspiration to the catwalk, into the shops and, hopefully, onto the cover of a magazine. It examines who goes to the shows and where they sit...and whose backside they have to kiss to get there. Narrated from the point of view of an anonymous A-list British fashion designer looking to break out across the pond and structured around three of the annual "must" industry events in London, Paris and New York, this irresistible work of reportage goes inside the well-cut seams of the fashion world, where women are paid tens of thousands of dollars for simply getting dressed and where a wrong skirt length can cost you your career.
Fashion Babylon decodes the markups and the comedowns, the fabulous extremes and the shoddy shortcuts behind one of the most lucrative and secretive businesses in the world. Witty, naughty and packed with celebrity gossip, this book will forever change the way you peruse the racks at Bergdorf's or flip through the pages of Vogue.
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Fashion Babylon by Imogen Edwards-Jones is about the fashion world at its best and its worst. It is a sixth month peek at what a life like a designer really is. This book was entertaining, informative, and quite an interesting read. The main character is an anonymous independent British designer, and not knowing the identity of the designer was also exciting because it became easier to imagine her the way I wanted her to look. Reading a book like Fashion Babylon, being half fiction and half non-fiction, also made it a better read, for not everyone likes to read nonfiction. The book is written more like a novel, but the things that happened to the designer, and the individual stories, were real occurrences with different names. It made me feel this sense of ever knowing to this elite industry because, some way somehow, I knew it had happened. The author harmoniously combined the non-fiction and fiction to create a pleasant read. Another interesting aspect of this book is that it is set in England and the designer herself is English. This setting is unfamiliar to me because I never really saw England as a fashion type-place. Reading this book I learned something else about fashion, and enjoyed a witty story along with it. Some aspects of the book could improve though. For instance, the author may sometimes go of in a tangent explaining a part in her story, but she would go off for a while and leave me confused when she continued the story once again; she would also leave other ideas unexplained that I'd be left wondering about. Also in the book there really isn't any romance going on which was surprisingly refreshing, and maybe that's just truly the way this industry is, which is another thing I have learned. All in all, I enjoyed this book thoroughly; Imogen Edwards-Jones outdid herself in creating a situation out of real life scenarios, and provided a peep-hole of the closed and mysteriously wonderful fashion industry.
Brilliant book, I couldn't put it down! If you love or work in fashion(or want to), this is a must read. You get the inside view of what goes on behind closed doors. Its also such an addictive read what with all the drama! Love it!