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In and Out of Vogue Hardcover – August 1, 1995


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 257 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday; 1st edition (August 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385426135
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385426138
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,112,430 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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More than a fashion statement, this memoir covers the life and business times of former Vogue editor-in-chief and founder of Mirabella?just sold to Hachette after years of not making money.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Grace Mirabella, editor-in-chief of Vogue magazine for 17 years and founder of Mirabella magazine, tells (with the help of a coauthor) of her 38 years working in the fashion industry. Born to immigrant Italians and raised in Newark, New Jersey, Mirabella attended one of the finest women's colleges, ran with a society crowd, and through admirable persistence worked her way to the top of Vogue magazine. Her tale of life at Vogue is repugnant yet fascinating. While neither talent nor skill was required to land a job there in the 1950s, a pedigreed bloodline or a certain "look" could land you in the editor's chair. Mirabella tells of working under a bevy of vacuous prima donnas obsessed with their own visions, who never bothered with the day-to-day administration of the magazine and as a result nearly ran it into the ground. Interesting for its portrayal of intrigue and plotting in the dog-eat-dog world of high fashion, her book also provides a great historical perspective on society, style, and fashion. Ultimately though, this book is somewhat disappointing, for she never really condemns the industry for its shallowness. Kathleen Hughes

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By steve on September 30, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Grace Mirabella not only lets you in on her life and her rise throught the fashion world, but she also takes us you on a wonderful ride and adventure. She truly made VOGUE a wonderful magazine and when she was 'let go' she didn't pout instead she started her own successful magazine, MIRABELLA. Thank you Grace for writing your memoir and sharing your life with us all.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 25, 2005
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Regardless of how you feel about fashion or Vogue, it is an interesting character study of a woman of that time, bucking the expectations of her family, her chosen industry, and of society in general as she married very late in life and never had children.

I admire Mirabella for refusing to allow cigarette ads in Mirabella and for being so independant. No, she didn't try to please anyone but herself, but what an amazing feat that was considering that Oprah has built her dynasty on teaching women how to do just that.

Not the greatest book in the world, but worth reading for the viewpoint. I would also recommend reading Katharine Graham's autobiography. That will roll your socks up and down.

Disclaimer: I worked for Mirabella magazine's Chicago office for the last nine months before it was sold to the publisher's of Elle magazine and was then hired by said company to work for another recent acquistion, Premiere. I met her "Grace" once and only to shake her hand and stand aside. She was pleasant, though.
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I was a little disappointed with this book. I guess I was hoping to read about how Vogue magazine gets put together ...on a more technical level ...than Ms. Mirabella's "well
I did this, and this, and then of course I was responsible for this," but no one appreciated me.

Could be

just me. I had just finished a bio on D Vreeland and I was so ready for a book with some meat on it. So, if you want more Me, me, society girls just getting pocket money stories, cocktails in Italy, you will probably enjoy this a lot.
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