Atria Books, Paperback, 9781416543190, 330pp.
Publication Date: February 1, 2008
Taking the reader through six months in a designer's life, "Fashion Babylon "follows an anonymous A-list British fashion designer looking to break out across the pond. Structured around three of the annual "must" industry events, this irresistible work of reportage goes inside the well-cut seams of the fashion world, where women are paid tens of thousands of dollars for simply getting dressed and where a wrong skirt length can cost you your career. You'll find out how a collection is put together -- from the objects of inspiration to the catwalk, into the shops and, hopefully, onto the cover of a magazine -- and learn who goes to the shows and where they sit...and whose backside they have to kiss to get there.
Witty, naughty and jam-packed with celebrity gossip, "Fashion Babylon" decodes the markups and the comedowns, the fabulous extremes and the shoddy shortcuts behind one of the most lucrative and secretive businesses in the world.
"A shocking, hilarious and uncensored look at what really goes on behind the scenes in the fashion industry. I could not put it down."
-- Candace Bushnell