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by Alicia Drake

eBook The Beautiful Fall: Lagerfeld, Saint Laurent, and Glorious Excess in 1970s Paris download ISBN: 0316768014
Author: Alicia Drake
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company; 1st edition (September 5, 2006)
Language: English
Pages: 448
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In the 1970's, Paris fashion exploded like a champagne bottle left out in the sun. Amid sequins and longing, celebrities and aspirants flocked to the heart of chic, and Paris became a hothouse of revelry, intrigue, and searing ambition. At the center of it all were fashion's most beloved luminaries - Yves Saint Laurent, the enfant terrible, and Karl Lagerfeld, the flamboyant freelancer with a talent for reinvention - and they divided Paris into two fabulous halves. Books for People with Print Disabilities. Internet Archive Books.

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In the 1970s, Paris fashion exploded like a champagne bottle left out in the sun.

In the 1970s, Paris fashion exploded like a champagne bottle left out in the sun. At the center of it all were fashion's most beloved luminaries - Yves Saint Laurent, the reclusive enfant terrible, and Karl Lagerfeld, the flamboyant freelancer with a talent for reinvention - and they divided Paris into two fabulous halves

Drake places the foundation of their reign at a date distant from the usual collections cited; in August 1970, when KL's earnings sponsored the Saint Tropez vacation of four young Americans: the illustrator Antonio Lopez, wh. .

Drake places the foundation of their reign at a date distant from the usual collections cited; in August 1970, when KL's earnings sponsored the Saint Tropez vacation of four young Americans: the illustrator Antonio Lopez, who had aspired his way out of Puerto Rican poverty; his r; a naughty boy acting as stylist; and a model. The men and their made-over girl merged "street, screen, art, irony, music and the individual", referring to these, and the past, only to source costume or pose for their masquerades

The Beautiful Fall is Alicia Drake's brilliant chronicle of this dangerous, brazen .

The Beautiful Fall is Alicia Drake's brilliant chronicle of this dangerous, brazen, fabulous time. Yves Saint Laurent was the charmed youth, the enfant terrible inheritor of Dior's couture crown. Karl Lagerfeld was the jobbing freelance designer with a talent for ready-to-wear. Seemingly from a background of wealth and privilege, he was in fact a tireless workaholic, driven by his passion for capturing the pose of the moment.

Reason The Beautiful Fall follows Yves Saint Laurent and Karl Lagerfeld through the 1970s as both young men attempt to survive and make it in the world of Parisian high fashion.

Drake presents a sublime and dramatic narrative about the high-chic fashion wars of 1970s Paris where two titanic geniuses and rivals, Yves Saint Laurent and Karl Lagefeld, collided and sparked a tumultuous decade.
Comments: (7)
Gajurus
The author has captured an essence of a time of manic enchantment, "wretched excess" and moments of tragedy. I was on The Peking, I have been to Regine's and Studio 54 with all doors open. I had the privilege of working at the Met Museum when Vreeland was ensconced. I remember seeing the Opium show. Yes, there were tormented souls, gluttony for every vice, and dying, beautiful boys, but there was no vulgarity in the fantasies and this writer has managed to convey this without having been a participant.

Her research and curation of the lives of not only YSL and KL as men and brands — but the many people with whom they enwombed themselves is balanced and accurate without prejudice but nicely discussed with admitted speculation or directness. The care and thought given to her selections of material as well as a substance to her own interpretations creates a smooth and very enjoyable read.

The fact that my own memories were provoked has reminded me of all that was jewel-like in the nights in New York and Paris in the 70's. We were not wicked, we were enthralled by these great and shining comets of glory. At the age of 64 I can read this with equanimity and admiration.

Much has happened since the publication. YSL died of, it is said, a brain tumor, Betty Catroux is an icon, the Supermodels re-emerge from time to time, more beautiful for their aging, Turlington, Campbell, Evangelista, and so on. Lagerfeld has crystallized into his own image. It is 2017. I found reference to this book via an Instagram photo of Pierre Bergé (87 year) who has just (May 14 news) married Madison Cox.

If fashion is not of interest, it shouldn't matter; this is a story of a genius and brilliance, and the "decadence" of the 1970s.

If nothing else, one learns the definition of "decadence."
INvait
I have always been fascinated with fashion and specifically, the 1970s period when YSL and Lagerfeld were creating the foundation of today's fashion industry. I grew up in Paris at that time and could relate to much of the book's locations and events. This book describes, in great detail, the growth and changes of the French couture industry in the 1970s and how it has changed and evolved over time. A lot of emphasis is on St. Laurent and Lagerfeld and how their personalities were reflected in their work. There is also a lot of detail about the 'seamy underbelly' of this industry, the egos, pettiness, power plays and struggles that seem to go hand in hand with prestige and celebrity. My only disappointment was the lack of color photos and the presence of more photos to highlight the really beautiful clothes that are described in the content but not included in the rather small photo section. I really enjoyed this book and recommend it as a historical viewpoint of the Paris couture industry.
IGOT
I found this book interesting, but not as pleasing as Mademoiselle Chanel. However, if one is interested in the fashion world, this will be a good read. It describes the world of this milieu with interesting details such as the building of the collection. It also includs the competition between the fashion houses. There is quite an emphases in life outside the work such as the wild evenings, the drugs and homosexuality, but in general, realistic. I think the book could have been shorter.
Mr_Jeйson
Unfortunately I really wanted to like this book. However, over half the Kindle book is missing. Every other page was not scanned. It's aggravating to be reading and then there is a gaping hole in the narrative - and this happens EVERY OTHER PAGE. I don't appreciate paying full price for half a book. Tried to find some way to contact Customer Service but could find no link. Amazon - shame on you!
Rolling Flipper
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book- so much so, I found it hard to put down. SO MUCH fascinating information on subjects ranging from Fashion Design trends at that time and the many insuing changes to the many historical, business, social, and political issues contributung to the scene as it evolved. The book is juicy with incredible details--- really FUN to read!
JOGETIME
A must read for every fashion fan. The Beautiful Fall is easily one of the best fashion biographies out there that puts you in a time machine, as you go back in time to witness fashion's most colorful years (from the 50's to the 80's), highlighting the industry's luminaries and the details of their vibrant lives of creativity and scandal. I must've read this book about 5 times now! I just love the detail and research that went into writing this book.
JOIN
This book is incredible. There are so many things I did not know about Karl Lagerfeld and Yves Saint Laurent, two extraordinary men. Lagerfeld was annoyed about his portrayal in the book as being the less talented of the two and sued in France for invasion of privacy. There is the mysterious and fascinating minor noble, Jacques de Basher who drove both men to distraction. It was also another reason Lagerfeld and Saint Laurent hated each other. I thourougly enjoyed this book and finished it in one sitting. If you missed the seventies,love fashion and the history of fashion, and love a good well researched book,this is the book for you.
Glamorous, unheard stories from the atelier. There's backstabbing, lots of indiscriminate sex, tons of drugs, degradation, physical debilitation, nervous breakdowns, parastic hangers-on, selfishness to the nth degree, manipulation, empire-building, super-excessive spending, debt, bullying, etc. All the unattractive qualities that make for interesting reading.

But as someone remarked the day after YSL's death, "Why doesn't the media just say he was an addict?"

This is a story about waste. Live it -- but only vicariously.