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Tales from the back row : an outsider's view from inside the fashion industry
Tales from the back row : an outsider's view from inside the fashion industry
Odell, Amy, 1985-
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First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition.
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New York : Simon & Schuster, 2015.
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viii, 231 pages ; 22 cm
"Funny and fearless, Tales from the Back Row is a keenly observed collection of personal essays about what it's really like to be a young woman working in the fashion industry. In Tales from the Back Row, editor Amy Odell takes readers behind the stage of New York's hottest fashion shows to meet the world's most influential models, designers, celebrities, editors, and photographers. But first, she has to push her way through the crowds outside, where we see the lengths people go to be noticed by the lurking paparazzi, and weave her way through the packed venue, from the very back row to the front. And as Amy climbs the ladder (with tips about how you can, too), she introduces an industry powered by larger-than-life characters: she meets the intimidating Anna Wintour and the surprisingly gracious Rachel Zoe, not to mention the hilarious Chelsea Handler, and more. As she describes the allure of Alexander Wang's ripped tights and Marchesa's Oscar-worthy dresses, Amy artfully layers in something else: ultimately this book is about how the fashion industry is an exaggerated mirror of human fallibility--reflecting our desperate desire to belong, to make a mark, to be included. For Amy is the first to admit that as much as she is embarrassed by the thrill she gets when she receives an invitation to an exclusive after-party, she can't help but RSVP 'yes'"--
Bloggers : Mastering the lame flamingo -- Trendsetters : The tale of the designer sweatpants I bought when I was stoned -- Designers : When Rachel Zoe sent me a tree -- Celebrities : Going bra-less into the celebrity wild -- Editors : the time I refrained from barfing on my idol, Anna Wintour -- Models : Adventures at the Victoria's Secret fashion show -- Everyone else : The world of the slightly famous (not even almost famous, just slightly.) -- You and me : A dress to remember. (And a few margaritas for forget the rest of them.) -- 10 absolutely vital tips for everyone who wants to work in fashion.
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