- Publish Date: June 07, 2016
- Format: Hardcover
- Category: Design - Fashion & Accessories
- Publisher: Rizzoli Ex Libris
- Trim Size: 6-5/8 x 8-3/4
- Pages: 240
- US Price: $39.95
- CDN Price: $39.95
- ISBN: 978-0-8478-4903-1
"In an age of logos, fast fashion and lifestyle brands, Couture Confessions makes the reader appreciate designers’ genuine love of the craft — and art — of creating clothes that make women beautiful."
—THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW
"As the chief curator of fashion and textiles at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, Pamela Golbin has mounted a steady stream of memorable fashion exhibitions. . . With Couture Confessions, her recently published book, she reanimates the voices of 11 fashion couturiers by conducting new interviews from extensive primary source material. Even while manufactured, the repartee—observations, revelations, recommendations, and predictions—amounts to a dream sequence of thoughtful, relevant tell-alls. Paul Poiret notes back in the 1920s how contemporary fashion emerges from the streets, Christian Dior maintains that 'dressed up is not necessarily chic,' and Pierre Balmain describes Dior as 'a rather fleshy man of average height.'"
"[In Couture Confessions] Ms. Golbin draws from interviews, biographies and autobiographies with designers such as Yves Saint Laurent, Pierre Balmain and Gabrielle Chanel to answer her questions. Her literary contrivance is like a spoonful of sugar that makes the medicine go down. In her primly polite style, Ms. Golbin manages to coax her interview subjects to revelations that make them seem very much alive."
—THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
"[Couture Confessions] is enhanced with black-and-white drawings by the illustrator Yann Legendre. And as you read it, you feel like a boulevardier in present-day Paris, sitting at a cafe and leafing through a magazine chock-full of revelations."
—THE NEW YORK TIMES STYLE SECTION
"A must read for anyone into fashion or looking to be inspired, [Couture Confessions] does not disappoint."
—MIAMI LIVING MAGAZINE
"[Couture Confessions] sees Golbin, chief curator of fashion and textiles at Les Arts Decoratifs, compiling 11 impossible interviews: impossible because all the designers - from Paul Poiret through to Lee Alexander McQueen - are deceased. Yet she found enough source material such that all the answers are never real, giving readers a chance to learn about the history of fashion via intimate conversations with the likes of Jeanne Lanvin, Yves Saint Laurent, Cristobal Balenciaga, and Madame Gres."
—WOMEN'S WEAR DAILY
"With Couture Confessions: Fashion Legends in Their Own Words, Pamela Golbin has managed to make eleven late designers talk, perhaps more cogently than they did during their lifetimes. . . As a group, these 'improbable interviews,' as Golbin calls them, form a fascinating chronological oral history of 20th-century fashion, beginning with Paul Poiret and ending with Alexander McQueen. . . A feat of research and editing, Couture Confessions is a truly remarkable achievement."
"Another plus when reading Couture Confessions is that within these interviews there is a treasure trove of brilliant quotes from many of these deceased designers as well as personalities of that era."
—NEW YORK JOURNAL OF BOOKS
"Golbin, the chief curator of 20th-century fashion and textiles at Paris’s Musée des Arts Décoratifs, compiled quotes and personal essays from legendary designers like Yves Saint Laurent, Alexander McQueen, Madeleine Vionnet, and many more."
—15 of the Most Covetable Fashion Tomes to Hit Bookshelves This Year, VOGUE