Fashion Babylon Hardcover – Feb 6 2007
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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.
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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.
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.
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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