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Vera: The Art and Life of an Icon Hardcover – September 1, 2010


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams (September 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810996049
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810996045
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 1 x 9.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #96,762 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Seid, owner of the Vera Company, and Renzi, a former senior editor at Interior Design, attempt to create a thorough portrait of Vera Neumann's (1907–1993) personal and professional life as one of the most influential designers and entrepreneurs of the late 20th century. Readers looking for a serious art historical perspective will wince at the colorful prints and forced attempt at contextualizing their significance, but Neumann herself conceived of her work as a commercial endeavor above all. Famous for scarves and sportswear that became a multimillion-dollar franchise in the '60s, Neumann was always keen on cross-marketing her brand identity to include a range of household products (carried by chic Anthropologie as well as department stores). However, at the core of Neumann's marketing strategy was translating trends in contemporary art to the mass market and introducing her own interpretations of exotic locales such as India and Africa. She was one of the first designers to create a successful lifestyle brand, bridging gaps between fashion, interior design, and celebrity culture. Although the book offers a light and visually appealing read, Neumann's work is probably best appreciated on table linens rather than the printed page.
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About the Author

Susan Seid is the owner of The Vera Company, based in Atlanta, Georgia. She graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology and has held various executive positions in the retail and direct marketing industries.

 

Jen Renzi has written for publications including the New York Times Magazine, Wallpaper, and Condé Nast Traveler. Previously a senior editor at House & Garden and Interior Design magazines, she is also the author of The Art of Tile.

 


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This is an excellent, beautiful and charming book for people like me who has always admired Vera's artistic style.
Glaucia M. G. Viana
Started my daughter on a Vera vintage scarf collection a few years back and this book will be a perfect gift and compliment to the collection!
Nance
The pictures are great and the writing is interesting too, but you could just buy it for the pictures because they are so inspiring!
Nicole

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Scandia on January 14, 2011
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This book is beautifully written, thoroughly researched and -- perhaps most importantly -- gorgeously illustrated. It just arrived today and I don't want to do anything else but read it. I was especially thrilled to find that (so far) two of the Vera scarves I own are in it! The authors have tons of information and photos about Vera's fascinating life, her Marcel Breuer house, interest in Alexander Calder... and I'm only about 1/3 of the way through so far. Good job, authors!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on December 11, 2010
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Vera: The Art and Life of an Icon provides a survey of a designer and artist, Vera Neumann, who built one of the most successful female-run companies of her time based on the idea that fine art should be accessible to all. Her creations were centered in daily living, from placemats and napkins to silk scarves for an outfit, and her original sketches, paintings and photos of her world travels provide a captivating survey perfect for any serious arts or women's studies collection.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Glaucia M. G. Viana on September 18, 2010
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This is an excellent, beautiful and charming book for people like me who has always admired Vera's artistic style. The book is very well illustrated and tells Vera's life story in an exciting way.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nicole on June 5, 2014
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Love this book! Very fun and inspiring. The pictures are great and the writing is interesting too, but you could just buy it for the pictures because they are so inspiring!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Katherine M. on June 1, 2014
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This book is beyond what I even expected. From the inside and out. The book itself is beautiful, the hardcover linen like material on the outside is perfect. And then you open it and WOW, not only knowledgable of Vera Neumann's life and career, but the photos are breath-taking. I cannot express how much this book is priceless. I couldn't put it down when I got it! And may I add looks lovely on the bookshelf. A favorite new addition!
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