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5.0 out of 5 stars Utterly sublime....., October 27, 2010
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This review is from: The World of Gloria Vanderbilt (Hardcover)
Wendy Goodman has done a marvelous job of capturing the elusive and ethereal quality that IS Gloria Vanderbilt.

She truly is like no one else....her own wonderful creation. And what a beautiful creation it is. From birth, and possibly even before, she was destined to live a spectacular life. From the custody trial between her mother and her Aunt Gertrude, her early marriages to Pat Di Cicco and Leopold Stokowski and finally Wyatt Cooper, she found herself in fantastic situations that filled in her blanks. They connected some of the dots that her family members were unable to connect, providing attention, continuity, safety and love. But she always did it her way. She acted, painted, decorated, designed housewares and of course the legendary jeans. The death of her son Carter is mentioned, briefly, and with great sensitivity.

This book is filled with stunning images of Gloria, who was photographed by every important photographer from the 20th century, as well as Gloria's own paintings and collages. The lush photographs of Gloria's homes gives us a wonderful glimpse into her rarefied world that is filled with momentos from her past that all have special meaning.

I read the entire book in one sitting, and will definately look at it over and over again. Anyone who loves beauty, unique and highly personal design, loves reading about a woman that is truly an original will savor this lovely book. It is utterly sublime.
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Initial post: Nov 5, 2010 7:17:31 AM PDT
Harper Lee says:
It sounds wonderful; can't afford it right now, maybe after the holidays!!

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 7, 2010 7:09:00 PM PST
elizabeth says:
I cannot wait to read this book.

Posted on Nov 29, 2010 8:24:59 AM PST
Would have anyone in the art world or the media looked at GV's paintings and collages if she had not been a rich socialite? I think not. What GV is, is a beautiful stylish woman whose life has been media fodder forever. And it appears that she likes the media attention since she courts it with her many autobiographical books. Books that probably would not have been published if not for her storied past. I wish that GV would be more enimatic like Babe Paley. To me this is a book worth borrowing from the library rather than purchasing.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 11, 2011 9:19:43 AM PST
I completely disagree with you. Babe Paley, while certainly stylish and rich, did absolutely nothing but smoke, shop, travel and attend parties. Period. Enigma...perhaps, because we no so little about her other than she was miserable in her marriages. Paley left a legacy of lovely pictures of which she was a willing subject. That's it. At least GV DID something.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 25, 2011 8:16:48 AM PDT
Sheeba says:
Totally agree with you Lady Broadbent. Gloria Vanderbilt is an absolutely amazing talent and person. She survived horrible heartbreak after heartbreak and never let it harden her. It's wonderful that she has shared her life and talent with us.
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