I was swept away by Marius Gabriel’s vivid descriptions of the Parisian fashion world—I could practically hear the rustle of silks. The Designer’s evocation of Paris in the dying days of the war and the admirable spirit of the French people as they find their way again after years of occupation was simply enthralling.
In one memorable scene, the Paris fashion community is determined to make a stand, despite the country being in ruin. With limited resources, they’re unable to gather the material needed to create full-sized designs for real women. Undeterred, they use miniature mannequins to showcase their talents—decked out with all the intricate design details of jewelry, buttons, and cuff links. This scene was beautifully depicted, and I was delighted to learn that it was not an imaginative invention but a true event!
And that’s the beauty of the novel. Gabriel has seamlessly interwoven the fictional tale of Copper with the real events of the period and the rise of the genius that was Christian Dior. Meticulously researched, full of glamour and nostalgia, this is a book that, like Dior’s signature scent, will linger in the memory for a long time.
- Sammia Hamer, Editor