Fashion Babylon

Fashion Babylon

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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.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 126 x 196 x 28mm | 240.4g
  • Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • Corgi Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0552154431
  • 9780552154437
  • 94,086

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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 *show more

About Imogen Edwards-Jones

Imogen Edwards-Jones is the co-author of the bestselling Hotel Babylon and Air Babylon as well as author of The Stork Club and The Taming of Eagles. Her fiction includes My Canape Hell, Shagpile, The Wendy House and Tuscany for Beginners. Her new book, Beach Babylon, is now available from Bantam Press. Imogen lives in west London with her husband and their baby daughter. Anonymous is a collection of high-profile insiders from the fashion industry.show more

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"An enthralling book which tells you as much about human life as it does about the fickle world of fashion. Excellent!"show more

Back cover copy

What is fashion? Who decides what's in and what's out? Is the catwalk really that catty? Is everyone high on drugs and full of champagne? What makes a supermodel so super? Exquisitely cut and gorgeously detailed, Fashion Babylon takes you through six months in a designer's life. It explains how the fashion business works - the mark-ups and the come-downs, the fabulous extremes and the shoddy short-cuts. Find out who goes to the shows, where they sit and whose backside they have to kiss to get there. Whether you just like a bit of shopping or you're a hardcore fashionista, Fashion Babylon will change the way you sashay into Topshop, flick through the pages of Vogue and worship at the temple of Harvey Nichols for ever! 'Witty and naughty, it is a must read for every fashionista' Daily Express 'The revelations spill out in a succession of bitchy exchanges that leave you rubbing your hands with glee' Daily Telegraphshow more

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