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From the legendary Editor-in-Chief of Vogue, Diana Vreeland, comes this collection of work by some of the century's greatest photographers -- among them Horst, De Meyer, Avedon, Beaton, Penn, and Steichen, as well as the work of the paparazzi -- to give shape to the culture of an era, and some of the celebrated personalities who set their imprint on it. Garbo, Nureyev, Cal From the legendary Editor-in-Chief of Vogue, Diana Vreeland, comes this collection of work by some of the century's greatest photographers -- among them Horst, De Meyer, Avedon, Beaton, Penn, and Steichen, as well as the work of the paparazzi -- to give shape to the culture of an era, and some of the celebrated personalities who set their imprint on it. Garbo, Nureyev, Callas, Queen Mary, Duchess of Windsor, and Josephine Baker are just a few of the luminaries whose presences in this book help define Diana Vreeland's concept of allure. -- Out of print for 15 years, "Allure" is a much sought-after book -- and Bulfinch has the chance to offer it to the current fashion generation, in a sharper and greatly improved package.


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From the legendary Editor-in-Chief of Vogue, Diana Vreeland, comes this collection of work by some of the century's greatest photographers -- among them Horst, De Meyer, Avedon, Beaton, Penn, and Steichen, as well as the work of the paparazzi -- to give shape to the culture of an era, and some of the celebrated personalities who set their imprint on it. Garbo, Nureyev, Cal From the legendary Editor-in-Chief of Vogue, Diana Vreeland, comes this collection of work by some of the century's greatest photographers -- among them Horst, De Meyer, Avedon, Beaton, Penn, and Steichen, as well as the work of the paparazzi -- to give shape to the culture of an era, and some of the celebrated personalities who set their imprint on it. Garbo, Nureyev, Callas, Queen Mary, Duchess of Windsor, and Josephine Baker are just a few of the luminaries whose presences in this book help define Diana Vreeland's concept of allure. -- Out of print for 15 years, "Allure" is a much sought-after book -- and Bulfinch has the chance to offer it to the current fashion generation, in a sharper and greatly improved package.

30 review for Allure

  1. 4 out of 5

    Anna

    This photo collection is a celebration of Vreeland's search for "an emanation of personality". It is a retrospective of 20thc portraiture with works by famous (and even anonymous) photographers covering the worlds of society, fashion, theatre, art and some everyday anonymous persons. I thought I would enjoy some great photography ... and then ... I was drawn into the accompanying essays. One of my favorites is very succinct and soooo: "If you knew Garbo, if you'd ever been to a Garbo dinner, mea This photo collection is a celebration of Vreeland's search for "an emanation of personality". It is a retrospective of 20thc portraiture with works by famous (and even anonymous) photographers covering the worlds of society, fashion, theatre, art and some everyday anonymous persons. I thought I would enjoy some great photography ... and then ... I was drawn into the accompanying essays. One of my favorites is very succinct and soooo: "If you knew Garbo, if you'd ever been to a Garbo dinner, meaning you're three or five at the most ... but don't let me go grand on you. I'm only talking about the way she holds her mouth when she's talking to you. I can't say what it is she does. If I could say it, I could do it myself." "(Mrs Vreeland:) Allure is a word very few people use nowadays," she said recently, "but it's something that exists. Allure 'holds' you, doesn't it? Whether it's a gaze or a glance in the street or a face in the crowd or someone sitting opposite you at lunch...you are 'held'. ... Now I think it's something around you," she said, "like a perfume or like a scent. It's like a memory ... it 'pervades'. " Christopher Hemphill, Allure

  2. 5 out of 5

    JDAZDesigns

    Read it from back to front. It's a picture book. That's the way to read (look at) picture books. And magazines. And newspapers. Diana agreed with this take on picture books. One of her most famous quotes: The eye has to travel, is wrapped around these words. Probably about the only take away in the book. With all the hullabaloo about Diana these days it's easy to pick up her books. Sometimes they're good. Sometimes, notsomuch. This book is a notsomuch. But at least the family / estate is making mo Read it from back to front. It's a picture book. That's the way to read (look at) picture books. And magazines. And newspapers. Diana agreed with this take on picture books. One of her most famous quotes: The eye has to travel, is wrapped around these words. Probably about the only take away in the book. With all the hullabaloo about Diana these days it's easy to pick up her books. Sometimes they're good. Sometimes, notsomuch. This book is a notsomuch. But at least the family / estate is making money.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Victoria Moore

    I have always been obsessed with Diana Vreeland, ever since I was a little girl, and read my mother's "Vogue" magazines back in the 1960's when Vreeland was the editor. Then, when I became a Fashion Merchandising major, at CSULA, with more style than money I again turned to her issues in the school's periodical archives for tips on how to wear my predominately vintage wardrobe. Back then, in the early to late 1980's, you could go to a thrift store and find the 1950's and 1960's clothes I liked, I have always been obsessed with Diana Vreeland, ever since I was a little girl, and read my mother's "Vogue" magazines back in the 1960's when Vreeland was the editor. Then, when I became a Fashion Merchandising major, at CSULA, with more style than money I again turned to her issues in the school's periodical archives for tips on how to wear my predominately vintage wardrobe. Back then, in the early to late 1980's, you could go to a thrift store and find the 1950's and 1960's clothes I liked, for a song. With Vreeland's help I was able to create my own style that set me apart but also allowed me to always be appropriately attired for work, school and social occasions. When I read about her book "Allure", co-created with Christopher Hemphill and with a foreword written by one of my favorite American designers Marc Jacobs, I wasn't sure what to expect. Was it going to be a 1960's throwback with pithy, but humorous, quotes by Mrs. V. or was it going to be an inane picture book I'd read in a day? I'm happy to say it was neither totally nostalgic or shallow, instead it was an insightful, utterly personal look into the creative mind of a groundbreaking fashion icon. Arranged in an order where the images and text flowed in a seamless and dramatic way, the black and white photos taken by Man Ray, Edward Steichen, Deborah Turbeville, Richard Avedon, Irving Penn, Baron De Meyer, Sir Cecil Beaton, Horst P. Horst, George Hoyningen-Huene, Louise Dahl-Wolfe and others reflected the singular style of Diana Vreeland regardless if they were taken in 1910 or 1977. Through her selections I again became a student of fashion and photography and appreciated how the strict, linear 1936 photo of Mrs. Ernest Simpson by Man Ray "made her look like a painting by Titian" and how Deborah Turbeville's 1977 photo of "A Givenchy Dress" resembles Edward Steichen's 1926 photo of "Duchesse de Gremont". She reminded me, in "Allure", that while style is fluid and "elegance might be about refusal" the individual quest for self-expression is what dressing well is all about.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Joy H.

    Added 5/10/14. I discovered this book while searching for the following quote online: "I think water is God’s tranquilizer. To be in it, to drink it, to look at it. And to be a surfer. Ah, to me it would be the most wonderful thing. I’m sorry I just didn’t make it." - Diana Vreeland FROM: http://ramvms.tumblr.com/post/1480627... I first heard the quote while watching a Netflix documentary entitled: "Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel (2011) http://www.netflix.com/WiMovie/702250...

  5. 5 out of 5

    Aldonautico

    Es lo más cercano a entrar en la mente de Vreeland y entender su proceso creativo. El libro es una colección de fotos, anécdotas y comentarios sobre lo que es fascinante para la autora. No siempre es fácil encontrarle lo bonito pero el mero hecho de hojearlo es un estímulo visual. Debería ser un libro obligado para cualquier fanático de la moda -que vaya en serio- y, particularmente, para cualquier editor que no quiera incluir contenidos mediocres. Cof, cof.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    This is such a beautiful book - amazing historical photographs of the 3 English queens at the funeral of George VI, Isak Dinesen, Edith Sitwell and Gertrude Stein and fashion photos of every icon from Coco Chanel to Audrey Hepburn. There was relatively litle text and the phos were so compelling that I didn't appreciate the narrative properly.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Fami H

    Vreeland! Tell stories! The story any fashion-interested or mostly Arts&Fashion photographers would 'kill' to live! Vreeland, gave a precise definition, to what Allure is, or has been through out time!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Joanne coates

    Amazing and inspiring

  9. 5 out of 5

    Bill

    FANTASTIC photos; horrible writing.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Flowerdreaming

    Wonderful!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    This is a magnificent magnificent magnificent book. Having Vreeland's text beside the amazing photographs is like having a conversation with her. It is also a master class on lay-out.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Anastasia

    Absolutely fabulous. The images inside are amazing and the way she wrote is the way she spoke. You can tell she's giving her honest opinion.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Rachael

    It is not mentioned that Jacqueline Kennedy Onasis editted this book, and so I thought that I would add that little tid-bit. Vivè Jaqui!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Carolyn

  15. 5 out of 5

    Peggy

  16. 5 out of 5

    Rose

  17. 4 out of 5

    Ruth B

  18. 5 out of 5

    Elwood

  19. 5 out of 5

    JL

  20. 4 out of 5

    Alex

  21. 5 out of 5

    Fred

  22. 4 out of 5

    Natalie

  23. 5 out of 5

    Regina Clarkinia

  24. 5 out of 5

    Carrie

  25. 4 out of 5

    Kersti

  26. 4 out of 5

    Kneale Culbreath

  27. 4 out of 5

    conniecreech

  28. 5 out of 5

    Lauren Hall

  29. 4 out of 5

    LuxKatharina

  30. 5 out of 5

    Kurt

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