Monday, June 11, 2012

100 Unforgettable Dresses

by Hal Rubenstein
208 pages

100 Unforgettable Dresses is filled with the stories, secrets, intrigue, and insights behind the most indelible dresses in our collective memories. Featuring looks from the runway, film, television, the red carpet, and the worlds of royalty and politics, this book celebrates the staying power of these gorgeous, sleek, sultry, and outrageous creations as well as the lasting impact they’ve had in fashion, popular culture, and our own lives. More than two hundred images, a witty, informative text, and exclusive interviews with the designers and the women who wore the dresses reveal the initial spark and captivating drama behind the making of each dress. Also featured throughout are extensive anecdotes and observations about great style makers—Grace Kelly, Audrey Hepburn, Cher, Sarah Jessica Parker, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, and Cate Blanchett—highlighting the conception of their most spectacular looks and examining their lasting influence.

Such a cool book! I remember seeing many of these dresses and reading about how they were significant. My favorite entries were the Revenge Dress Princess Diana wore the night Prince Charles publicly announced his affair, the pink Grace Kelly gown by Ralph Lauren for Gwyneth Paltrow, Mondrian dress  and the Safari dress by Yves Saint Laurent.

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