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It's All About the Dress: What I Learned in Forty Years About Men, Women, Sex, and Fashion Hardcover – August 16, 2011


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press (August 16, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312659091
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312659097
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.8 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #657,598 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A naughty girl when that was the best a girl could be, inventor of the mini, Paris couturier at 18, Vicky Tiel tells spicy tales from dressing Kim, Ursula and Miles Davis, teasing Woody Allen, staying up late with Princess Grace and more intimate tales than you thought you'd want to know from her years in the entourage of Liz and Dick.  Comes complete with tricks you need: bedroom advice, supermodels' diet guide, how to get men to give jewelry and the recipe for a perfect pink tunafish sandwich."
--Gael Greene, author of Insatiable: Tales from a Life of Delicious Excess.
 
"A delicious romp...her memoir reads like all of the juiciest bits of your favorite gossip magazine, pushing back the curtains of an over-the-top life among the who's who of the '60s-'80s."
--Kirkus Review

About the Author

VICKY TIEL began designing clothes forty years ago in Paris and still owns a boutique there. Her custom couture dresses are sold in Bergdorf Goodman and Neiman Marcus.  Her line of cocktail dresses and special occasion wear is sold through department stores nationwide. She lives in northern Florida near Alabama, and in Paris, France.


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Read it in two days, couldn't put it down.
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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful By dpm on August 18, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Buy it, just buy it. This book is indescribable, but I will try. This is an amazing woman, who at a very young age, went to fashion school in NY (with equivocal marks, which did not deter her one bit), then off to Paris to turn the fashion world upside down all at the age of 20. The people she met along the way, and the casual yet detailed way she describes their amazing successes, made me realize my mouth was literally hanging open with shock while I read, which I never remember happening before. Read it in two days, couldn't put it down. It is truly a guilty pleasure, yet there is something deeper here as well. To read about an individual so confident, not only in her own ability but in the joy she takes in other people's success, and her complete indifference to convention, was so refreshing and also inspiring. Possibly one of the best books of the year.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Anthony Rago on August 23, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I loved the book! Not normally a celebrity stalker, I couldn't stop reading this unbridled unabashed UNINHIBITED account of Vicky's remarkable life and circumstances! She shares the most intimate revealing stories of her relationships with remarkable men and women in a fun and refreshingly sweet style.I was sorry when I got to the last page!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By D.J. Stroud on December 1, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
"Lesson: Learn what men like and be good at it." Paying lip service to female empowerment, Vicky Tiel proceeds to girltalk about her life as a perpetual third-string mistress and fawning celebrity camp-follower. Proper female pride is a foreign concept to this woman. Exhibit A: Her first married lover takes her to his room which is dominated by a large portrait of his nude wife over the bed. Underneath is a chart of women's names with strings of multi-colored stick-on stars. His conquests are rated in categories of oral sex, show of enthusiasm, classic sex, kissing, and beauty: "Red stars were tops. I was determined to have five red stars in every category." He's surprised that she's not offended: "No," I told him. "I want to know what men want." Exhibit B: Tiel consents to a "Vicky Contest"-dating rivals Woody Allen and Clive Donner must compete to see who can give Tiel the most creative gift. The winner gets to sleep with her. She's careful to point out that she was sure both were truly interested in a long-term relationship, not just a one-night-stand (neither won, by the way. She was busy hooking up with married man #2). This book is full of such idiocies. Her adventures with the Beautiful People seem as outwardly glitzy and inwardly impoverished as an episode of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, and her diva complaints became tiresome. When an air hostess bumped her from first-class to coach because of her ratty jeans, she predictably throws a fit: "Didn't the hostess realize the antitravel look was for those who really travel?Read more ›
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Bonnie on September 4, 2011
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Vicky goes into detail about her life and the fashions in the sixties; anyone interested in this time frame would enjoy reading her book. It keeps the reader mesmerized.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Andrea B. Grace on January 25, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I give this book 5 stars for the celebrity gossip, and one star for the completely self centered ramblings of the author. I went along with her "Forrest Gump" tendency to place herself at the center of whatever important event was occurring during the 1960s (suprised she didnt take credit for Woodstock), but she lost my interest when she became a "mother". I have never seen anyone less self aware and caring as a parent. And her reveal of what Richard Burton's last letter to Elizabeth Taylor said (something Taylor herself had said she wished to keep private) was the final straw. I love celeb gossip as much as the next person, but this was really low and disloyal. A fame whore on par with a Kardashian.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sam Moses on September 25, 2011
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Love the honesty, humor and intelligence of this book. What a life! We girls of that generation always wanted to know more. More than the gossip columnists told us and more than we could imagine. Vicky has given us a real picture of life with the rich and famous.
Loved, loved, loved the little tidbits of advice that hold so much depth and the recipes that I am sure I will use in the not too distant future! Don't know if I want to put it with my best cookbooks or leave it around my bedside for future reference!
Couldn't put it down! Enjoy!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Barbara R. Johnson on September 11, 2011
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Vicky Tiel is as much a creation as her clothes and her perfumes. She's an original, a unique, determined, talented woman who has now created a memoir reflective of her style and "telling all" about her extraordinary life. Don't miss this gossipy, spicy, spirited romp about Hollywood royalty and this unpretentious woman who manages to navigate that world with a delightful mix of sophistication and earthiness.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Justbooking TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 26, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Elizabeth Taylor's typical diet was plain crazy - mimosa for breakfast with scrambled eggs and English muffins. Chateau Margeux 1945 with PBJ for lunch. Homemade potato chips and Jack Daniels on ice for cocktails. Fried chicken mashed potatoes, corn bread, biscuits and gravy, fresh green peas, Trifle and rose wine for dinner.

Information only an insider like Vicky Tiel would know. And was she ever. A close friend and confidant of Taylor's and Richard Burton's for over twenty years, she travelled the world with them, meeting celebrities, artists and intellectuals from all walks of life. Far from being a scandalous or a lurid tell-all, Vicky Tiel's book gathers memories of a long and passionate life lived to the fullest, with honest yet admiring glances at the very human side of the rich and famous she met along the way. She picked up - and shares - quite a few lessons from them.

Taylor was but one of the many stars she knew as a celebrity designer. Well known in her heyday as a high end couture designer, Tiel had barely graduated from Parsons School of Design in NYC when she gained fame in the 60's with scandalous short skirts and see-thru tops that soon made her the darling of the Paris fashion press. Pantsuits and wrap dresses soon followed her ultra short miniskirts. Her designs were soon copied by others, perhaps by making them a bit more wearable for the masses. Granted, her topless bridal gown was not one of them. Perhaps very tellingly, Tiel is not mentioned as an influential designer by the Council of Fashion Designers of America in it's most recent book
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