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“Lee Miller was herself remarkably glamorous, although her best pictures are anything but: her stark and brutally truthful record of Germany at the end of World War II. The photographs in Lee Miller in Fashion might appear to be ordinary fashion photos of the interwar period—although they are sometimes bracing, such as the ones taken in London during the war itself—but the book is valuable for the way it expands our view of that protean spirit, an American model who became a European Surrealist, a fearless photojournalist, and other things besides.” —The New York Times Book Review

“As a woman, as one of the most perceptive photographers of the 20th century, Lee Miller enthralled because she made her own choices. Miller has been the subject of a number of books, and the muse for at least one fashion show, but Ms. Conekin’s very engaging, nicely researched book is the first devoted to Miller’s fashion work. Ms. Conekin has an amused eye for fashion characters, then and now, and with the help of Miller’s son, Antony Penrose, she makes it clear why her subject was an undaunted original.” —The New York Times

“Whether Lee Miller was shooting the atrocities of World War II or the latest collections from Paris, her eye was unflinching. In her new book, Lee Miller in Fashion, Becky E. Conekin looks back on the photographer, model and muse's audacious life in style.” —W Magazine

“Conekin’s engaging, well-researched biography is supplemented by a wealth of visual information, including archival photographs, contact sheets, memos, and illustrations.” —Vogue

“Miller, one of the most remarkable women of her day, has been justly celebrated for her war photographs. But almost nothing has been written about her fashion photographs, which were done for American, British and French Vogue and which also have an unusual quality, showing a considerable degree of imagination and often surrealist elements. The book features photographs her son and executor Antony Penrose retrieved from the Condé Nast archives, many of which were never printed and have never been seen before.” —Women's Wear Daily

“Recognised as one of the most distinguished photographers of the 20th century, Lee Miller was a busy woman. In her mid-twenties she made the unprecedented leap from Jazz-Age fashion model to fashion photographer, later became a celebrated Surrealist under the guidance of lover Man Ray, then joined the war effort during the second world war, documenting everything from the liberation of concentration camps to the abandoned apartment of Eva Braun, Hitler’s mistress, for the pages of Vogue. Here Conekin focuses on the fashion, in Miller’s modelling work, photographs and illustrations. Special features: the devil is in the detail—many unseen archive photographs, contact sheets and memos bring Miller’s wit and daring into vivid focus.” —Financial Times

“Lee Miller lived a life like no other, moving from anguish to freedom, from high glamour to high achievement. Miller’s fashion photography is less well known than her art and war photographs; Lee Miller in Fashion attempts to fill a gap with never-published images and others unseen since the 1940s. Conekin’s coverage of British Vogue during the war years is a particular revelation.” —1st Dibs Introspective

Lee Miller in Fashion recounts the story of a girl who overcame trauma to become undeniably successful, strong and seductive—Man Ray was just one of many admirers who immortalized her in numerous works. But she immortalized herself as well, primarily through fashion self-portraits that illustrate how her talent defied boundaries.” —Lip Service, The Diane von Furstenberg Blog

“A wondrous and alluring story of a woman who was in total control of her life and lived without fear or boundaries. Its appeal reaches far beyond just those of us who are tuned into fashion: It is a great chronicle of the times starring a women whose talents took her everywhere.” New York Journal of Books

“Fashion icon Lee Miller is the subject of a glorious new book by Becky E. Conekin. A must-read for any well-read fashionista.” —Stylist.com

“Fashion model, surrealist artist, muse, photographer, war correspondent—Lee Miller defies categorization. Mid-career, she made the unprecedented transition from one side of the lens to the other, from a Conde Nast model in Jazz Age New York to fashion photographer, creating stunning images that imbued fashion with her signature wit and whimsy.” Publishers Weekly


About the Author

BECKY E. CONEKIN is a senior lecturer in history at Yale University and a senior research fellow in European Studies at the Whitney & Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies. She has previously taught in Paris, Berlin, and London at the London College of Fashion. She is a fellow of the Royal Historical Society, the author of The Autobiography of a Nation: The 1951 Festival of Britain, Vernier: Fashion, Femininity & Form with Robin Muir, and the co-editor of The Englishness of English Dress and Moments of Modernity: Reconstructing Britain, 1945–1964.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: The Monacelli Press; 1St Edition edition (October 8, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580933769
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580933766
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 1 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,345,600 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lee Miller moves intriguingly in and out of conventional cultural histories and histories of the arts during the 20th century, as particular groups of scholars and enthusiasts tell us about one area of her life or another (modeling, surrealism, war photography, transatlantic artistic networks) but usually in quite separate compartments. Now in this book her work as a fashion photographer comes brilliantly into focus too. It also takes an experienced and creative historian -- someone like Becky Conekin, who knows her way so well and so confidently around the general history and writing about the time -- to show us this side of Miller's life and career to the very best advantage, including not just the history of fashion per se, but also the history of women, gender history, history of modernism, and of course the history of photography. This book opens a fabulous window onto cultural change between the 1930s and 1950s. The 137 illustrations make a superb visual essay in themselves.
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Note: First of all...yes I have the same name as Lee Miller. Bare with me...Its just a strange coincidence.

There just aren't many of Lee Miller's photos available but its nice that between this and the new website that her work is being brought to the public again.

Its fairly reasonably priced for a hardcover photobook too.

I enjoyed the stories as much as the photos
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Disclaimer: I won this book from the publisher.

As a name, Lee Miller was unfamiliar to me. Yet, as I read the work and examined the photographs, I realized I've seen her work before in old advertisements and retrospectives of the 1920s-1940s.

This book does a marvelous job marrying biography and archive, spacing text with photographs in a supremely elegant way, and provides unique look at one of the worlds' pioneering women of the early-to-mid 1900s.

3 Stars = This book is either well-written or deals with issues that are important/worth some thought.
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Lee Miller is an artist everyone should know about, and Becky Conekin's book fills a real need here. Conekin writes with a knowing eye and elegant prose, revealing not just the beautiful and amazing Lee Miller, but some of the devils that drove her. I loved this book, for what it shows about beauty and style, and the evolution of fashion photography into a real art form. A must read!
- Jeanne Mackin, author of The Beautiful American
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r"Lee Miller in Fashion". Nothing new was revealed about Lee Miller that had not been written before,. about LEE MILLER IN FASHION by Becky E. Conekin
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