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Confessions Of A Fashionista
The incredibly popular Daily Mail column,Confessions of a Fashionista, feeds its hungry readers snippets of a life in the glittering yet deranged world of fashion. Now its anonymous author reveals both her identity and the true story of her giddyingly glamorous time in the style industry, with insider gossip on the people who populate it.
Propelled by a painful end to a relationship and determined to prove her ex wrong for breaking up with her, our Fashionista lands a place on the Harrods Graduate Scheme. A complete outsider to the fashion world, she sets out on a wing and a pair of Guccis, and finds herself in a whirlwind of couture and craziness. Along the way she learns how to stay sane in a world where hairdressers have egos as big as their clients' bouffants, where dogs fly business class, and if you're eating carbs it can only be because you're pregnant.
Confessions of a Fashionista is a book for anyone who's ever been an outsider, for anyone who's ever had a relationship end badly and thought they'd never find true love, and for anyone who thinks that cakes were made to be eaten, not sniffed.
By turns hilarious, sad, thrilling, romantic and fun, it is the It book for fashionistas everywhere.
Secrets Of A Fashion Therapist
Dressing for success is part of an everyday reality for all women in all walks of life. When faced with the overwhelming array of clothes offered in large stores, one is often besieged by self-doubt and in need of a strong hand to help develop that elusive quality called taste.
Enter Secrets of a Fashion Therapist from renowned Bergdorf Goodman personal shopper Betty Halbreich, who has dressed everyone from 12-year olds and their young mothers to media stars and grand dames. Sharing her impeccable, on-target fashion sense, Betty dispenses wisdom, humor, and advice on how to enhance natural beauty, build a more confident self-image, and most of all, have more fun getting dressed.
Betty first gives the reader a privileged look into the fashion world by taking her on a walk through Bergdorf Goodman, the famed specialty store. Along the way, Betty will explain how to shop like a professional in an enormous store (especially where the clothes seem too pricey, and the sales associates too haughty), deal with the limits of the ubiquitous dressing room, most effectively use a personal shopper, and utilize the general sales force of a specialty store.
With tips, magnificent pen-and-ink drawings, and tried-and-true methods that have remained infallible since the book's initial printing in 1997, Secrets of a Fashion Therapist teaches readers how to dress for all settings, from the workplace to cocktail hour to walking your dog. While broadening readers' attitudes towards fashion, Betty Halbreich will help women create a tasteful wardrobe that has "you" written all over it.
About the Author
Betty Halbreich has been director of Solutions at New York Cityâ€™s famed Bergdorf Goodman for more than 30 years. She has helped make the world a better-dressed place by working with countless designers and showing generations of women how to create their own styles.
The International Politics Of Fashion
This book seeks to address and fill a puzzling omission in contemporary critical IR scholarship. Following on from the aesthetic turn in IR, critical and 'postmodern' IR has produced an impressive array of studies into movies, literature, music and art and the way these media produce, mediate, and represent international politics. By contrast, the proponents of the aesthetic turn have consistently overlooked and ignored fashion as a source of knowledge about global politics.
Yet stories about the political role of fashion abound in the news media. In Afghanistan, the terror of the Taliban regime and the plight of women was illustrated by reference to the burqa that women are supposedly forced to wear there. In Sudan, recently a female writer and activist successfully challenged the government over her right to wear trousers in public. In Europe, the debate on women's headscarves has politicised a garment item and turned it into a symbol of fundamentalism and oppression. In the war on terror, orange jumpsuits are used on both sides to dehumanise and mark the figure of the 'detainee'. Yet the politics of fashion go beyond these examples of the uses and abuses of textiles and fabrics for political purposes, extending into its very 'grammar' and vocabulary.
The contributions to this book will investigate the politics of fashion from a variety of perspectives, addressing theoretical as well as empirical issues, establishing the critical study of fashion and its protagonists as a central contribution to the aesthetic turn in international politics.
This work will be a unique contribution to the field and will be of interest to students and scholars of international relations, critical IR theory and popular culture and world politics.