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A dash of daring by Penelope Rowlands

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Carmel Snow by Richard Avedon

Fashion’s good novels are not many. We mainly read big coffee table books. "A dash of daring" by Penelope Rowlands is a really good one and a long one, but it’s definitely worth reading. This book is not only the biography of one of the most important names in fashion history (remember who said ” Oh this is such a new look Christian”?), but it is also the mirror to the life and battle of a modern working woman. Passion, hard work and perseverance bring success to Carmel Snow but sadly towards the end of the book you witness how someone so dedicated to work faces the reality of fading. 

If you read two books consequently you can have a valuable fashion history knowledge. First one is "A dash of daring" second one is "Empress of fashion" about Diana Vreeland, which is also reviewed in the blog. I’m sure you can see the connection, two of the most important ladies in fashion publishing, both having similar stories but in different epoques. Editors-in-chief are surrounded by all the big names of fashion and they are powerful, this is what makes their lives interesting for readers. Read the books consequently and you will discover 70 years of fashion (approximately from 1900 to 1970s).

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Carmel Snow and Diana Vreeland

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CECIL BEATON: A CREATIVE MASTERMIND

There are a few people that have the ability to turn fashion in a strikingly intelligent, artistic, brilliant matter: one of these is, without a doubt, English photographer, painter, costume and set designer, diarist and interior designer Sir Cecil Beaton. In conjunction with the retrieval of some of his masterpieces, hidden for fifty years, and their exhibition at the splendid Wilton House, in Witshire (until Sept. 14th) we selected a comprehensive list among the many amazing books created by and written on this iconic man. 

Beaton in Vogue. Josephine Ross. Thames and Hudson, 2012.

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Mr Beaton’s years in Vogue are remembered in this marvelous treasure containing his sketches, photographs and articles dating from the 1920s to the 1970s, proof of his brilliant contribution of he world’s leading fashion magazine in some of its most iconic decades.

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