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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 170 pages
  • Publisher: Rizzoli; y First printing edition (October 4, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0847836614
  • ISBN-13: 978-0847836611
  • Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 8.9 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #199,311 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"...first definitive and in-depth volume on preppy fashion, exploring its evolution from its pragmatic origins and presence on elite Eastern campuses in America to its profound influence internationally and metamorphosis on the runway..." ~Habitually Chic

About the Author

Jeffrey Banks is a Coty Award-winning designer of men’s and women’s apparel. Doria de La Chapelle is a freelance writer who is coauthor of Tartan: Romancing the Plaid. She has written on fashion, beauty, and style for Mademoiselle magazine and other publications. Fifty years ago, Lilly Pulitzer created a perennial preppy icon with a simple bright-colored cotton shift. Her company has blossomed into menswear, children’s wear, and accessories for the home.

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I love this book and it looks great on my coffee table! :)
Bridgette
By far the most disappointing part of this book, however, is the final two chapters, when history is set aside and prep-as-she-is-lived-today is supposedly reviewed.
Andrew S. Rogers
The Kennedy family is represented in many images in the book, but as Catholics, they can't even be described as WASPS.
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46 of 55 people found the following review helpful By DecandentBookman on October 10, 2011
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I found "Preppy" to be profoundly disappointing. As I have most of the "Preppy Genre" sitting on my shelves already, I noticed right away that this book, lovely though the photos may be, is a splashy mix of every other attempt to capture the preppy style. There were many moments when I thought I was actually reading other books on the subject that I bought years ago. "Jocks and Nerds," another Rizolli style book from twenty years ago seems to have been used as a template. The writers include almost no original text, preferring to quote from every other book previously published on the subject. If I want to read what Lisa Birnbach has to say about being a prep, I can just pull down one of her two books.
As for photographs, "Preppy" includes many that have been used as examples by countless other books, articles and blogs. Any that I hadn't seen in other places were lesser examples than those one can enjoy in "Take Ivy" or Salk's book on WASP style. The book devolves even more when the chapters become endless collections of Ralph Lauren ads or those who have sought to copy Ralph Lauren. Does anyone interested in this subject not already know that Ralph Lauren's empire has been based on mimicking upper class fashion? Anyone? There is an ongoing theme of "aspiration" in this book, though I disagree that many preppy dressers are aspiring to be WASPS. The look has been popular in Japan for decades. Does that mean Japanese preppies want to be white Episcopalians from Greenwich? This is about style, not a social class, so the disjointed thesis was tedious. The Kennedy family is represented in many images in the book, but as Catholics, they can't even be described as WASPS. They are preppy.
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Andrew S. Rogers VINE VOICE on October 9, 2011
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In a blog interview posted not long before the publication of True Prep: It's a Whole New Old World, Lisa Birnbach explained how, all those decades ago, her publishers wanted the book that became The Official Preppy Handbook to focus solely on clothing and accessories, and be titled "The Preppy Catalog." She argued, she said, that prep clothing couldn't be adequately or accurately described without the full context of preppy lifestyle, history, and worldview ... and thus "The Official Preppy Handbook," in all its satirical but affectionate beauty, was born.

Three-plus decades later, Jeffrey Banks and Doria de La Chapelle have finally given us that "Preppy Catalog" the original publishers wanted. It wasn't worth the wait.

The first several chapters are a whirlwind bus tour of the history of preppy dress, hitting all the requisite educational and literary sights and digging a few interesting photos out of the archive, but adding very little to what anyone who has a real interest in this already knows. Indeed, there is considerable debate in some circles about the extent to which "preppy" and "Ivy" overlap. Our authors don't seem to know or care: as the subtitle shows, they regard them as synonyms.

By far the most disappointing part of this book, however, is the final two chapters, when history is set aside and prep-as-she-is-lived-today is supposedly reviewed.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Jam-i on November 4, 2011
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Though highly promoted, this book just looks like a collection of old Ralph Lauren ads. Disappointing. Pictorial, with little substantial background re. development of "preppy" style. There is some history - but pretty lite.
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By Bridgette on June 19, 2014
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The pictures are wonderful as well as the history of the preppy lifestyle! I love this book and it looks great on my coffee table! :)
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By Joseph White Wheeless on December 28, 2013
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It's such an awesome book about a style I love. The pictures are amazing. However, there were a few typos.
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10 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Chris Hogan on December 12, 2011
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I have to say, most of the negative reviews of this book seem to be written by folks who either feel that they somehow own the preppy subculture and can therefore cast judgement on any effort to democratize the style, or by those who were expecting some kind of exhaustive historical documentary. In my opinion, both are guilty of overly dramatic navel gazing.

Here is what this book has to offer: it is a wonderful guide that can show you how to dress in an East Coast, Ivy League fashion. It will help you understand, from a general lifestyle perspective, why the preppy look evolved the way it did, what are its major influences, and who are its living and historical champions. And lastly, it will provide you with a lot of pictures and references from which to draw inspiration when developing your own sense of style. The authors did not stick to a vintage, sepia toned past; they have brought the analysis of preppy fashion right up to today, and that's a good thing.

If you want to read more about my thoughts on this book, please visit Off the Cuff, via this link: [...]
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