100 Unforgettable Dresses

100 Unforgettable Dresses

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By (author) Hal Rubenstein

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  • Publisher: Harper Design International
  • Format: Hardback | 208 pages
  • Dimensions: 203mm x 279mm x 28mm | 1,134g
  • Publication date: 20 November 2011
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0061151661
  • ISBN 13: 9780061151668
  • Edition statement: New ed.
  • Illustrations note: 200 Colour
  • Sales rank: 32,472

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It's amazing that one feathered dress helped shape the most memorable number of the screen's greatest dance team, Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. It's a rush to discover that a fabric developed for automobile upholstery became the source for Halston's most famous creation. And although many people may not remember what film she won her Best Actress Oscar for ("The Hours"), no red-carpet watcher can forget the immediate and stunning effect of a young, copper-tressed Nicole Kidman in a commanding chartreuse chinoiserie gown by Dior. Fashion's calendar of shows may be fixed years in advance but its landmark events - such as Alexander McQueen revealing the final dress for one of his presentations as a three-dimensional hologram, or Jason Wu discovering Michelle Obama had selected his design for her inaugural ball gown only by actually seeing her appear on television, or Marilyn Monroe entertaining President John F. Kennedy in a second skin of sequins - were all unexpected, serendipitous delights. Today we thrive on both the recognition of fashion's immediate ability to shape our self-images and our enlightened awareness of the way past examples of significant design affected the way women dressed, as well as how society perceived them. "100 Unforgettable Dresses" celebrates this remarkable power by citing those gowns, minis, muumuus, shifts, shirtwaists, sheaths, costumes, and beaded extravaganzas that sparked unforgettable collective memories and are directly responsible for changing how women wanted to look. Media personality and style authority Hal Rubenstein relates the stories of these amazing creations with an entertaining, fact-rich text that contains fascinating history, eye-opening anecdotes, and illuminating details about each dress' inspiration and construction, its contribution to fashion design, and its influence on popular culture.

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Author information

Hal Rubenstein is the fashion director of InStyle magazine and one of its founding editors. Formerly men's style editor of the New York Times Magazine, Rubenstein also created and edited the cult classic Egg Magazine. As a contributing editor, he has written cover stories and interviews, and served as a columnist on various pop culture topics for The New Yorker, New York magazine, Interview, Elle, Vogue, Vanity Fair, and Details. A recipient of the Eleanor Lambert Founder's Award from the Council of Fashion Designers of America, Rubenstein is the author of 100 Unforgettable Dresses (Harper Design) and Paisley Goes with Nothing: A Man's Guide to Style (Doubleday). A native New Yorker, he has no desire to live anywhere else.

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"This book is a gallery of...dressmaking magic. I feel as though I am looking at a very special family album, one that revels in the joy, happiness, and desire we inspire in others when we triumph in creating moments of memorable beauty." -- Alber Elbaz