I had to return my copy....I guess I just couldn't get over how cheap the cover looked with its flat matte black plastic finish. Pierre Berge had the nerve to print his logo on the back - but didn't have the decency to even provide a book jacket. So much for YSL quality. Of course, this is still the best book on YSL out there (for the present)....the collections shown, while not always the best choices possible, were still quite comprehensive. And the chapter on the "scandal collection" was one of the highlights of this book. I would have preferred a somewhat larger book size in order to present larger format photographs that one could really get "into". Also the chronologically listed history portion of the book leaves one knowing little to nothing about YSL the man (who with his penchant for drugs & high living, was a truly interesting character). For example, St. Laurent's nearly insane jealousy of the American designer Tom Ford, who in his short stint at YSL, consistently showed up the great Frenchman with his highly successful collections. Faced with the spectre of the uber-sexy Ford, whose talent nearly approximated his own, & unable to tolerate the huge acclaim Ford was receiving (in spite of sales doubling multiple times at YSL), St. Laurent quickly showed him the door. Or his peculiar relationship with Pierre Berge who constantly bullied St. Laurent to get back to work (St. Laurent greatly preferred partying to work, and like Gianni Versace, could blow through several million just on an afternoon shopping spree)....despite his icy demeanor, Yves was actually somewhat submissive & childlike. Or even the time he dressed First Lady Hillary Clinton in a black lace outfit that exposed her entire derriere as YSL demurred "I am sure the First Lady has the panache to pull this look off"....knowing all along the dress was Hillary's revenge on the President for his affair with Barbara Streisand.
So make no mistake - this is a good book - it just wasn't for me (despite the cheap-looking cover & being just a bit undersized - it is printed in very good quality paper in Italy, & has a very useful illustrated index section) but it's by no means spectacular or exciting in any way....that's why gave this just 3 stars instead of 4 or 5. (My final word here is this: If you really like St. Laurent, I would not hesitate & buy this now while the price is still around $50 as I've seen this book selling for $90-100 on this same site).
- Hardcover: 388 pages
- Publisher: Abrams; Main edition (21 May 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0810996081
- ISBN-13: 978-0810996083
- Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 3.8 x 27 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 2.3 Kg
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Amazon Bestsellers Rank:
43,566 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- #56 in Fashion Designers
- #99 in Fashion History
- #222 in Biographies of Artists, Architects & Photographers