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Paris 1962: Yves Saint Laurent and Christian Dior, The Early Collections Hardcover – April 29, 2008


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Rizzoli; 1st edition (April 29, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0847831280
  • ISBN-13: 978-0847831289
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 0.9 x 15 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,144,501 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"...youth and fashion, both fleeting by nature, are
frozen, perfectly preserved for fashionistas and photography buffs alike."
~BookPage

"...in this collection, (Schatzberg's) work perfectly conveys the drama, candor and elegance of the era."
~Metro Source NY

"...Schatzberg's candid photographs...captures the short tempers, big egos and high drama of a world on the brink of a fashion revolution." ~ForbesLife

"...the perfect coffee table book for all you voyeuristic fashionistas who swoon for City of Lights golden age nostalgia." ~Hollywood Life

About the Author

Jerry Schatzberg has excelled in the realms of photography and filmmaking over the past three decades. Published in Vogue, McCall’s, Esquire, Glamour, and Life in the 1960s, Schatzberg’s photographs intimately captured the generation’s most notable artists, celebrities, and thinkers, from Bob Dylan to Robert Rauschenberg. New York native. Julia Morton is a freelance arts and culture writer, contributing to Art in America, New York Press, and Artnet.com. Patricia Bosworth is the author of acclaimed biographies on Diane Arbus, Marlon Brando, and Montgomery Clift. She is a contributing editor to Vanity Fair.

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By LizB on September 12, 2008
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Other reviews have described how this book does not show you much of the collections of Dior or Yves St Laurent for 1962. So that was disappointing to me.

But this book also fails to deliver much in terms of a photoessay. The photos were taken for an Esquire Magazine article, and judging from a snapshot montage at the back of the book, those photos would work well in small-size format with blurbs of text. Instead the book shows you grainy blow-ups, coffee-table book size, that fail to hold their own when enlarged and left alone without text. There are no accompanying blurbs of text next to the photos, which would have been very helpful.

Instead (and this put me over the edge), SOME of the snapshots in the montage at the back of the book are numbered and given descriptors. So if you are going thru the book and wondering what the big photo is about--and this happened to me often--you have to go searching in the back for the snapshot of it, find the number, then find the descriptor. If there is a descriptor. Many photos in the book lack any descriptor, so you are left wondering forever who the people are and what the photo is supposed to be about. Frankly, no photo book should ever do this to its readers.

If you are a fan of Jerry Schatzberg, you might like this book. But I don't think this book does justice to his photos.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Julia on August 31, 2008
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Unfortunately I purchased this book before my friend left the 1 star review. I was very disappointed to find no fashion in this book. Annoying blurry close-ups...seemed like an attempt to mimic ALLURE, the Diana Vreeland book. Trying to capture the feel of a Dior collection, rather than the actual fashion. I can imagine what it feels like without your blurry pictures, thank you. I want to see the collections.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Carla Moran on August 12, 2008
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This book is more about photography than it is about the COLLECTIONS as stated on the title. It's a lot of atmospheric photos (the audience, the backstage). I want to see the collection.
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5 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Frank S. Stewart on May 29, 2008
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Great pics, great text and a really wonderful tribute to the masters of haute couture from the glory days or fashion. A must for anyone who treasures and thinks about the sublteties and wonder of those who preceded the charlatans who are producing fodder in the name of fashion in modern times. Designers take note.
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2 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Panache, Marlene Bernardino on June 2, 2008
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Saint Laurent adds his creative vision to Parisian couture. The Parisian elegance glitters in this book. Chrstian Dior takes his revenche and adds his charm and signature. Lovely lovely book.
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