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Fashion Babylon [Hardcover]

Imogen Edwards-Jones , Anonymous

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Book Description

Feb. 6 2007
What is fashion? What is fashionable? Who decides what is in? What is out? Why is it green one year, and blue the next? Why is one little black dress worth three thousand pounds and another thirty quid? Is the catwalk that catty? Is everyone high on drugs and full of champagne? What makes a supermodel so super? And a designer too hot to touch? Who is making the money? Who owns who? Who hates who? And who's in each other's pocket? Following in the glamourous footsteps of "Hotel Babylon" and "Air Babylon", "Fashion Babylon" will get under the well-cut skin of the fashion industry. Using a world renowned source, "Fashion Babylon" will take you through six months in a designer's life. Starting at the end of one catwalk show, it will explain how a collection is put together - from the rail of found objects, to how it gets on to the catwalk, into the shops and onto the covers of a magazine. It will tell you who goes to the shows, where they sit and whose backside one needs to kiss to get there. It will introduce you to a host of places and characters, it will take you into a world where women get paid tens of thousands for getting dressed in the morning and where a wrong shirt length can cost you your career. Witty, naughty and full of gripping detail "Fashion Babylon" will explain the mark -ups, talk you through fashion's two seasons and discuss the money and commerce behind one of the most international, lucrative and secretive of businesses. With something for the simple follower of fashion as well as the hardcore fashionista, "Fashion Babylon" will change the way you sashay into Top Shop, flick through the pages of Vogue and enter the portals of Harvey Nichols forever.
--This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Atria Books; 1 edition (Feb. 6 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 141654318X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416543183
  • Product Dimensions: 23.8 x 15.5 x 3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 544 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #913,775 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Witty and naughty, it is a must read for every fashionista" Caroline Jowett, Daily Express "Jaw-dropping stuff ... A real must read for anyone interested in fashion or obsessed by celebrity. Brave and brutally honest, it will have fashion's finest foaming at the mouth" Kay Ribero, Heat "By avoiding cliche but including colour and explaining the money, Fashion Babylon will appeal to the consumer in everyone" Annabel Rivkin,Evening Standard "The revelations spill out in a succession of asides from the narrator, or bitchy exchanges that leave you rubbing your hands with glee" Lucy Davies, Evening Standard "An enthralling book which tells you as much about human life as it does about the fickle world of fashion. Excellent!" Western Daily Press --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Imogen Edwards-Jones is the coauthor of the internationally bestselling Hotel Babylon and the novel Tuscany for Beginners. She lives in London with her husband and their baby daughter.

The author of O has been in the room with Barack Obama and wishes to remain anonymous.

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great fun, very dishy Feb. 6 2007
By New York Foodie - Published on
I tore through this book (as part of my celebration of Fashion Week in New York.) It is liberally peppered with "blind items" and some not-so-blind gossip -- I loved Tom Ford complaining to the Gucci PR firm that they had to find a way to stop Posh Beckham from buying and wearing his clothes! Is this great literature? Of course not. But is it an interesting look behind the curtain at the fashion industry, written in a novel form? Absolutely!
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Based on a True Rumor..... July 13 2008
By Jody - Published on
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Chances are you are reading this book because you are into fashion. The chances are, also, that you already heard or read most of the rumors in this book, this book just puts a story around them. A hodgepodge of random fashion and model facts. The interesting part of the novel, just seeing a designer's life and cycle of building a collection to runway.
12 of 16 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Getting a bit repetitive Aug. 4 2007
By Meesha - Published on
I've been hooked on nearly all of Imogen Edwards-Jones & "Anonymous"'s books for a while now. First was Hotel & Air Babylon, but now she's starting to show that yes, she hit the nail on the head with a good thing, but she's lost it. After reading this and her most recent book, Beach Babylon, in quick succession, I found myself very disenchanted with the whole series. Beach Babylon I thought would have been ideal after coming back from a beach holiday, but she aimed too high, by setting it on an expensive island resort, which really, the book is not aimed at the kind of person who would go there.

Fashion Babylon - where do I start? It's everything you already know about the fashion industry. The drugs, the stick thin models, the clothes that are "in" one month, and which you won't be seen dead in the next month. Skinny jeans seem to be sticking around for the moment, but for how long? Normally when I get into a fashion, they go out of fashion. And everything's "vintage". And then there's the celebrity name dropping. There's not a page that goes by without Kate Moss or someone else being dropped in there.

Unlike Air & Hotel, which were set over 24 hours, and Beach, which was set over a week, Fashion Babylon was set over six months, and it's a very tedious six months. Imogen did well setting Air & Hotel over a period of 24 hours, as they're fast paced, and barely leave you any time to think. Fashion Babylon is set over six months because it's that amount of time that you need to get ideas for your next 'collection', to getting it onto the catwalk. Interlaced with everything you can possibly imagine, from frills to pink satin, it's confusing, and certainly not aimed at someone like me, but made out to look like it is.

I have to say, as much as I like Imogen Edwards-Jones, I'm going to give her Babylon books a rest for now, and try some of her other books - which seem to be all about her fertility and babies. Funny that.
7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Insiders Look at What We'll Never See March 16 2007
By John Matlock - Published on
Written in novel form this is a insider look at the high fashion industry. And an industry it is. There's something very subtle that makes one simple little black dress cost $5,000 and one almost identical at WalMart that might be $50. And there's something that makes one girl get paid a small fortune for wearing that $5,000 dress down a runway while dozens of very similar looking girls are walking around outside in the WalMart dress merely walking to work. And strangely enough, that WalMart dress just may have been a $5,000 dress a very short time ago, walking down a runway in front of cameras that were waiting to send pictures to China, Korea or elsewhere.

The story here is partly credited to Anonymous, supposedly a top of the line designer in England, but one who has never quite made it across the Atlantic.

It's a fascinating look at an indistry, a lifestyle that most of us will never touch.
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Make sure you know who the players are before reading March 26 2007
By Justin Wesson - Published on
I purchased this book because I will be going to fashion school soon and also because I wanted an idea of the real nitty gritty that they don't talk about in class. I don't know many of the "players" in the fashion industry so I sometimes found it hard to relate to the gossip and it wasn't totally shocking to find out how much coke the models do, but it was crazy to find out that some men turn gay to get ahead.

This book is set over in Europe so most of the language/slang is from there, people say things like "fag" for a cigarrete and "bloke" for friend but I quickly got used to it. A good thing about this book is that it really shows how the strings are pulled and how certain trends are made, also I would definitely reccomend this to any aspiring fashion designer because it will show how hard it really is to be a designer and it's not just sitting around drawing up cool designs. All in all I enjoyed reading the book, but the fashion industry is probably no more shocking than the movie or music industries. Although it might have been more shocking if I knew more of the names who the gossip was about.

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