The Fashionable Savages, Signed by John Fairchild
[Signed] Fairchild, John. The Fashionable Savages. First Edition. 1965. Book is in very good condition; dust jacket is in very good minus condition—jacket shows minor edge tears and slight yellowing due to age. Book is warmly inscribed “To Kim, A Fashionable Lady, with thanks, John B. Fairchild” on the half title page.
Fashion is always changing, but rarely as radically as it did in 1960s. This book perfectly captures the era that preceded it, when Truman Capote's swans graced the fashion pages. The book is conversational and opinionated (not diplomatic). It covers the important details without ever forgetting the big ideas. It stops first in Paris and then New York, saving the best for last—a lengthy discussion of the Best Dressed List and those who appear on it. Includes fascinating insights into Coco Chanel, Diana Vreeland, Babe Paley, Gloria Guinness, the Duchess of Windsor, Jacqueline Kennedy, and many others.
“Mrs. Paley loves fashion, but not to be in fashion . . . She is the only woman I have seen who can wear a Chanel make Chanel’s Chanel a Paley style.”