Janet Flanner, People
“Americans are overfond of the wonders of technology. Technology may be our downfall.”
Janet Flanner, People
Note: Nick Harvill Libraries placed the vintage computer books depicted above in a library we curated for a San Francisco-based technology company.
“My definition of bad taste is the woman who walks into a room and everybody says, ‘Look at that Pucci.’ A dress shouldn’t precede a woman—she should come first.”
Clovis Ruffin, The Fashion Makers
In 1978, when The Fashion Makers was published, it was a time of euphoria in the New York fashion industry. Long subservient to Paris, American fashion was finally coming into its own, with stars such as Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, and Halston shining as brightly as their European counterparts. Clovis Ruffin, one of the fifty designers profiled in The Fashion Makers, was very much a part of that trend. Why is he all but forgotten today? Because, as we now know, the seventies were the silent beginning the AIDS crisis.
Ruffin was but one of many fashion designers whose life and legacy were derailed by the disease. He died at age forty-six in 1992, and unlike many of his contemporaries, his obituary honestly listed his cause of death as "complications from AIDS." Ditto the obituary for Halston. For other male "Fashion Makers" who died tragically young, however, the obituaries obscure the cause of death, either to protect the brand name, the deceased's family, or a combination of the two.
See also: A Quiz: The Mortimer's Edition
Image Credit: The Fashion Makers
“I’m grateful I never thought of myself as beautiful when I was young. We all fade somewhat as time goes on. Women who relied only on their beauty can feel invisible later in life.”
Diane von Furstenberg, The Woman I Wanted to Be
Image Credit: Horst Interiors
on Being Boring
“[London between the Wars] was lax and casual and hard and bright . . . the clubs and bars were thronged with Bright Young People, and oh, how bored they all were! Bored with living, bored with loving, bored with their hang-overs, and bored, more than anything else, with boredom itself.”
Howard Greer, Designing Male
Read about the London's Bright Young Things era as it unfolded via Cecil Beaton's Diaries, The Wandering Years, 1922-39.
Moon Over Hollywood
“Hollywood, it's rather like living on the moon, isn't it?”
Cole Porter, Travels with Cole Porter
The copy of Travels with Cole Porter from Gore Vidal's library is available via the Nick Harvill Libraries store.
Leland Hayward, on Beauty
“’Beautiful’ is the most misused word in the English language, next to ‘glamorous.’ Very hard to define. Goddamned elusive. In my book, to be beautiful a woman has to be more than beautiful—you know what I mean? She has to have this quality of glamour, which is also impossible to describe. A certain look in her eyes, a style—an awareness of her effect on people—the way she holds herself, moves, a sense of her own mystery. A blend of all those things.”
Leland Hayward, Haywire
Shipping and Returns