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Catherine Walker : An Autobiography by the Private Couturier to Diana, Princess of Wales Hardcover – August 15, 1998

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Universe (August 15, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 078930144X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0789301444
  • Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 8.8 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,727,827 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 13, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I happened upon this book one afternoon on my lunch hour. How I missed it's release I will never know. I went back that night and read it cover to cover and then bought it. It is perhaps the definitive book about the inside details about Diana's life, but also about Catherine Walker's as well. The book was clearly not meant to be another glossy "Diana" book rehashing all of the same old information. It was a guide to life with pictures and sketches. I laughed, I cried, I still read it about once a week. It is inspirational. If you are looking to read a book about Diana that has nothing new to say, do not read this book. If, however, you are a serious follower of the world of coture (and Catherine Walker) this book is a must. You will finish it and feel as if you were there during the fittings. BRAVO!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 30, 1998
Format: Paperback
i have always been interested in princess diana. her most fabulous clothes always seemed to be designed by catherine walker, always a name without a face. now we can learn about the tragedy that turned this woman into one of the greatest designers of our time. catherine walker has carved out a place for herself in fashion history. an interesting story with beautiful photographs. a must have for all princess diana fans as well as fashion fans.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 25, 1999
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This is an amazing illustration and revelation of one of our world's most talented designers who also happened to be one of Princess Diana's most astounding friends and helpers in that wondrous world called royalty. I found the tale of Catherine Walker so informative yet I was still left with numerous questions as to some of the details surrounding her life before and after she became famous. The photographs are gorgeous and reveal some interesting examples of a lady who truly fits the description designer. Catherine Walker will always be one of the world's most gifted dress makers but I'm still curious as to how one would go about actually seeing her shop or, imagine this, buying one of her creations. Undoubtedly she deals with only the rich & famous while all the time remaining in the background. This is one among many of my Princess Diana books I cherish because of its detail and marvelous focus on a multitude of gowns and their intricate pieces. Catherine Walker is an amazing woman who has truly lived a life from tragedy to fairy tale status. I am an avid admirer. This book is far more than pages/pictures between covers; it's a gift of for the eyes and heart! Wonderful!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By GaryParks@aol.com on September 5, 1998
Format: Hardcover
Catherine Walker, who more than anyone else was responsible for dressing Diana, Princess of Wales, breaks a sixteen-year silence to tell us how the princess' unique look evolved. In a calm, thoughtful voice, Walker describes how she and Diana learned to adapt to their new roles -- Walker as couturier, Diana as world-renowned princess -- simultaneously. Walker also discusses many details of dressmaking and tailoring that design enthusiasts will appreciate. Profusely illustrated with Walker's work for Diana as well as further examples of her designs.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 10, 1998
Format: Hardcover
The night the book arrived from London, I read it cover to cover. It offered me a glimpse into the elegant world of fashion and royalty. Ms Walker provided her view of her world with a very human, caring all the while impassioned tone. This is an inspirational book to be read by afficionados of the late Princess Diana and the world of couture. A success story, not stymied by tragedy. The perfect gift for any occasion.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 28, 1998
Format: Hardcover
for those people who are disappointed because the book is a biography, the title should have been their first clue. i bought the book because it was a biography of one of the most talented designers or our time. catherine walker rose above tragedy and carved out a place for herself in fashion. the book also gives some wonderful accounts of the details that were involved in many of princess dianas fashions. this is a great book for anyone interested in princess diana and fashion.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 25, 1998
Format: Hardcover
catherine walker not only lets us in on the life of princess diana, but in on her own life as well. catherine walker rose above tragedy and carved out a place for herself in fashion history. an excellent book for diana fans, as well as fashion fans.
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