- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Hardie Grant Books; Paperback edition (1 May 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1743794258
- ISBN-13: 978-1743794258
- Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 3.2 x 15.6 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 522 g
- Average Customer Review: 14 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 52,254 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Butterfly on a Pin: A memoir of love, despair and reinvention Paperback – 1 May 2018
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Alannah Hill is a designer, author and stylist. For seventeen years she was the founder and creative director of the brand Alannah Hill, one of Australia’s most iconic fashion houses. In 2013 Alannah left her eponymous brand and in 2015 launched her new fashion brand, Louise Love. Alannah lives in Melbourne with her sixteen-year-old son and her beagle dog, Jack.
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Her saving grace was a boutique (bow teek) called Indigo and the kindly people who ran it, and the kind family of her first boyfriend. The story of becoming an Australian fashion legend is compelling. Like many driven people, she worked really hard. Think 100 hour weeks. Yet despite her success, phone conversations with her mother yielded a relentless stream of negativity that is stupefying (“Only Fifth Avenue? Why aren’t you first? You’ll never be good enough will you?” is the tenor of it). At first, it seems like ignorant Irish Catholic babble designed to perpetually put her daughter down, but eventually you understand that though it was that, it was also a form of humour. Alannah learns later that her mother was, in fact, extremely proud of her.
Suffice to say that this is a gut-wrenching yet wise and heartening story from a generous spirit, a hugely talented girl from nowhere who made good, despite everything, including the loss of her brand. We can only wish her well. Coincidentally, I finished reading it, with tears in my eyes, at 2.30am, the same time at which she wrote the final paragraph.