By (author) Gioia Diliberto
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Collection by Gioia Diliberto
Book DescriptionIsabelle Varlet, charming and naive, comes from a long line of seamstresses in a small town in France. A series of unfortunate events and her prodigious sartorial talent carry her to Paris, which in the wake of World War I is electric with new life. When Isabelle takes a job in the atelier of Coco Chanel, the rising star of haute couture, she finds herself in the heart of a glamorous and ruthless world filled with arrogant designers, handsome men, beautiful women, and fashion thieves who prowl Paris hoping to steal designs before they hit the runway. In Chanel's workshop, Isabelle thrives on the time-honored techniques of couture -- the pains-taking hand stitches, the perfect fall of fabric -- and the sleek, pared-down lines of "Mademoiselle's" revolutionary style. As Isabelle brings an exquisite dress to life for the fall collection -- from its embryonic origins in humble muslin to its finished form in the finest silk -- she navigates the tempestuous moods of Chanel, the cutthroat antics of her fellow workers, and her own search for love. Just as she did in her critically acclaimed novel "I Am Madame X, " Gioia Diliberto brings a rich historical moment to life through her vivid and compelling storytelling. Her penetrating research and imagination are gracefully woven together in this poignant story filled with larger-than-life characters embroiled in scandalous tales, passionate love affairs, and extraordinary careers. The Collection is an exuberantly entertaining read."
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780743280662
(216mm x 140mm x 16mm)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publish Date: 1-Sep-2008
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Gioia Diliberto
I am Madame X, Paperback (July 2004)
The life of Virginie Gautreau, the subject of John Singer Sargent's most famous and scandalous portrait MADAME X, provides the inspiration for this absorbing and intriguing novel.
Useful Woman, Hardback (July 1999)
The first biography in 26 years of Jane Addams--founder of the Hull House settlement and winner of the 1931 Nobel Peace Prize--written with access to hundreds of new family documents. of photos.
Paris Without End, Paperback / softback» View all books by Gioia Diliberto
Originally published: Hadley. New York: Ticknor & Fields, 1992.
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