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 theyve 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 makersGrace Kelly, Audrey Hepburn, Cher, Sarah Jessica Parker, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, and Cate Blanchetthighlighting the conception of their most spectacular looks and examining their lasting influence.
Here is the tale of how a canny Gianni Versace helped an unknown Elizabeth Hurley become world famous overnight, thanks to the paparazzi frenzy whipped up by her red-carpet appearance in his now legendary safety-pin dress. Learn about the unique wedding gown Narciso Rodriguez designed exclusively for Caroline Bessette-Kennedy that inspired a whole new generation of brides. Go on the set of Top Hat, where Ginger Rogerss ostrich-feather-laden dress began to molt immediately upon arrival, its flying feathers bringing the films production to a halt. Of course, the seminal work of exemplary designersYves Saint Laurents Mondrian dress and Christian Lacroixs pouf, Chanels little black dress and Valentinos infamous red ones, Diane von Furstenbergs iconic wrap and Marc Jacobss grunge collectionis featured throughout, with plenty of inside information on what inspired the invention of each piece.
With its wonderful anecdotes, fascinating facts, and just enough juicy gossip, 100 Unforgettable Dresses is a bewitching read for everyone who enjoys sensational clothes, movies, television, and music. Whether youre a fashion maven, a red-carpet addict, a celebrity tracker, or a pop-culture aficionado, you wont be able to put this book down!
About the Author
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.
Praise for 100 Unforgettable Dresses…
“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.”