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Fashion Babylon

3.34 of 5 stars 3.34  ·  rating details  ·  807 ratings  ·  76 reviews

What is fashion? What is fashionable? Who decides what's in and what's out? Why is it green one year and blue the next? Why is one little black dress worth five thousand dollars and another worth fifty? Is the catwalk really that catty? What makes a supermodel so super?

And a designer too hot to touch? Who is making money? Who owns whom? Who hates whom? And who's in each

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Hardcover, 336 pages
Published February 6th 2007 by Atria (first published July 4th 2006)
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Jessica
Feb 29, 2008 Jessica rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fashionistas, anyone who enjoys juicy gossip and/or the glamorous lifestyle of the rich and famous!
This is not exactly what I was looking for or expected. But I ended up enjoying it anyway. It reads like a piece of fiction, filled with celebrity gossip! According to the author, the only piece of fiction is the main character, the designer. The author claims all anecdotes are true, as told by people in the industry. I am not sure how accurate that is, although I can believe it (Isn’t gossip just rumors? But aren’t rumors started with some truth???). The book follows an up-and-coming, young, in...more
Mel Campbell
I justified this trashy tale by saying to myself, "It's relevant to your research!" But basically I just really enjoyed hearing the gossipy tidbits passed on to Imogen Edwards-Jones by loads of anonymous fashion-industry insiders.

Having never read any of her 'Babylon' series before, I was surprised to find that Edwards-Jones weaves the gossip into a fictional narrative of a year in the life of a small independent British fashion label. I found myself rooting for them to succeed and eagerly follo...more
Icha Rahmanti
Jan 23, 2008 Icha Rahmanti rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fashionista
Fashion Babylon
by Imogen Edwards-Jones

I love this book.
Surely give me total and insight scoop of the wickedness of the fashion industry. The author admitted in her prologue that everything in the story was true. The “Anonymous” in the story were a bunch of grapevines in the industry who told her all the juicy gossips. The “I” –the female designer character—was however fiction. But again she assured that all the following stories were true, only some identities had been changed to protect the gui...more
Danielle
Both fiction and non-fiction, this is a brutally honest look at the British fashion industry. Edwards-Jones mashes together countless interviews and anecdotes from real fashion industry insiders to create a fictional designer (who is never actually given a name) and throw a spotlight on six months of her life, from a collection's inception to its time in the tents at New York Fashion Week. It's both hilarious and cringe-worthy, and amazing because it's all true. I've always been fascinated with...more
J
Feb 05, 2014 J rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: fashion
Fiction novel that provides a look inside the “glamorous” life of a fashion designer over the course of one season. I was hit with all the degradation, grittiness and unpleasantness that surrounds the fashion industry... sex, drugs, swearing, and alcohol abuse are all on full display. Lots of rumors rehashed, so everyone appears damaged in some way. Models especially are treated like cattle, but everyone is really being used by someone else.

That said, it was interesting to see the ins & outs...more
Sian Cancea
A decent trashy read. Interesting to read six years after publication as everything that was on trend, current and relevant in 2006 seems so outdated!
Gabrielle
So badly written! I thought this book would be a fun, trashy read, if only for the fashion gossip, but it was a big disappointment.
Audrey V
Aug 21, 2007 Audrey V rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fashionistas
It was insightful...but I could put it down...so a good read. (medium)
Xanthi
I didn't find this as enjoyable to read as Air Babylon, and I guess that is due to the fact that I don't have a strong interest or experience with the fashion industry. In this book, you get a mixture of what you would expect (drugs, alcohol, sex, eating disorders and back biting) and a few insights into the industry and what it is like to be a fashion designer. There are juicy stories about models, stylists, photographers, hair and make up artists, celebrities, etc. All in all a trashy read, an...more
Rose
Fashion Babylon is one of those books where you go into it thinking that it's a documentary, but it reads like a scandalous tell-all. It's supposed to be a story of an up and coming fashion designer who has to work in the trials and tribulations of the industry. The events are said to be true, but the fashion designer herself is fictionalized.

I'll say it straight out - I didn't like the diction of the work, after finishing the book in its entirety. For the first several chapters, I could handle...more
Char
For my full review please visit my blog: Material Girl review @ From the Shadows I Review

I found this book to be strangely addictive. No matter how much I wanted to I just couldn't put the book down, I was afraid that my mum was going to have to prise it from my cold, sleeping self. I'm not sure I believe the stories even though it says that they are based on truth but it was interesting to see what a designer has to do in the run up to showing off their collection. I felt that the overall sta...more
kevin
I haven't read fiction for a while and this is kind of non-fiction wrapped in fiction. Since I am going into the high-end retail line soon (albeit as an IT person), I thought I better start reading a little to understand about the business. I always think you have to know those people better to understand their context and their user requirements!

Every reviewer seems to say the book is stating the truth which then makes it a fairly decent book for a guy who's not that into fashion. We all know a...more
Chana
I don't understand quite a bit of the fashion world talk. What is a "ligger" and what is "jazz" that isn't music? "As in "One or two of the liggers and nobodies in that crowd are jazz mad - and I don't mean the music." The book is crowded with mysteries like that, I'm in an unfamiliar world and wishing that a glossary had been included.
The world of fashion seems to be so base. Sometimes this book makes me laugh, but mostly I feel ashamed to be supporting this industry by wearing clothes,carryi...more
Kingfan30
Really fascinating read and insight into the fashion industry, glad I'm a magazine designer and not a fashion designer, far too much pressure!! Some funny moments throughout and are models really that dippy?

The passage that stick in my mind is this one which is a theory of one of the characters - "The year you become famous is the year you stop growing as a person. Like, Michael Jackson became famous at five. He wants to play children's games, hang out with kids, build a fun fair in his backyar...more
Lucy
This book is actually a friend's and I've been reading it every time I've come to stay and finally I've finished it.

It wasn't well written but it was extremely entertaining. Very trashy, easy to read, gossipy, mindnumbing... quite excellent in fact.

It's an insiders look into the coke fuelled, knickerless world of fashion design. Needless to say it is a world away from the fashion industry I'm looking at in my thesis...

Will I ever read another 'Babylon' probably not. Would I recommend anyone buy...more
Amy Formanski Duffy
Mar 19, 2008 Amy Formanski Duffy rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: no one really!
I got the impression that this was meant to be an expose on the fashion industry but the author spun it into fiction to avoid lawsuits. The characters weren't developed very much and the same cliches repeated over and over again. Models don't mind being naked in front of people. Everyone snorts coke all the time, even in the morning. Kate Moss did something wacky, but it's probably just a rumor. Blah. I thought the writing was sloppy. She gave a few lines of dialogue followed by a long-winded ex...more
Kimberly
I loved this book, not due to any of the reasons it was touted for, as being an insiders look at all the dirt and gossip, but because it's a really detailed and interesting look at the business of fashion. The complications of creating, developing and presenting a new look from start to finish. The difficulties of staying fashionable in a world where trends dissolve almost from the moment they're created. The demands and difficulties of the industry are outlined in detail. It's a surprisingly un...more
mana
a friend of mine in school told me about this book and how fascinating she found all that went on behind the scene in the fashion world. and since i am studying fashion i checked it out and after reading blindness i wanted something easy to read , and this book is all that , its a good read, its nothing deep but it gives you such an amazing glimpse into the fashion world and it gives you quite a bit of info on how things work if you are interested in working in fashion in anyway , i thoroughly e...more
Barbra
Enjoyed this book as much as Hotel and Air Babylon - an eye-opener of the fashion world.

Back Cover Blurb:
Following in the glamorous footsteps of Hotel Babylon and Air Babylon, Fashion Babylon gets under the skin of the fashion idustry. Taking you through six months in a designer's life, it explains how a collection is put together - from the rail of found objects to the catwalk, into the shops and, hopefully, the cover of a magazine. It explains who goes to the shows, where they sit and whose ba...more
Shirley
Feb 02, 2008 Shirley rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fashionistas
It's a fun book told from the perspective of a upcoming fictional female British designer. The author claims to have interviewed many people in the real world of fashion to incorporate some of their experiences in the story. There is a lot of name dropping of real designers, fashion editors, and models. You hear about the tricks of the trade and some of the hilarious and sleezy things that go on behind fashion shows. Recommended if you are curious about the fashion world of just love designer cl...more
Jenny L
Not a patch on Hotel Babylon, or Air Babylon, but a good read nonetheless. It gives you a good insight to the fashion industry, most of which is as you would imagine. The other two I have read in the series are really laugh out loud funny and shocking. Fashion Babylon seems somehow tamer. It also takes place over six months, whereas the fun of the other two is that it is over a twenty-four hour period. I would recommend Hotel Babylon as the best I've read from Imogen Edwards-Jones
PaulaSHx
Super funny and with an interesting insight into the Fashion Industry, Fashion Babylon tells of all the troubles and tribulations of launching a new collection. Outrageous and fun, Edward-Jones uses her journalist skills to bring the story to life in a very entertaining and engaging way. The characters are well developed and I could not fault the plot.

This is a must for any fashion lover, but I'm not sure you will look at fashion in the same way so be warned!!!
Margo Candela
So very dishy! Lots of insider gossip punch up a fast moving story. This was a fun read to sneak in while prepping and recovering from a Christmas. I look forward to reading the authors other books and almost don't mind that I'll have to work to find some of them as they aren't in print in the US. But when I do find them, I know they'll be perfect for a long weekend or vacation read.
Fairlita
Mar 29, 2010 Fairlita rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fashion business newbies; FashionDesign school pupils/fresh grads
If you're looking for a chick-lit, then prepare to be disappointed. However, if you want some fashion business scoop written in an explicit description, then go for this book!

This book is recommended for:
those who are interested in the fashion business; fashion-design school students & fresh grads; fashion-industry newbies
Aimee
Yes, another attempt at a trashy summer read. It read like a gossip column dressed in couture. I was hoping for Project Runway meets Sex and the City. Instead, it seemed like she took a journal of notes, put some transitions between them and threw in some fashion knowledge. Not much of a behind-the-scenes-look at the fashion world.
Shaina
This book is sort of trash, but if you're interested in the ins and outs of the fashion industry, it's a passable read. The story of the budding, struggling fashion designer is revealing - it's not unlike being a singer! The book made me feel bad about all the basement bargains I find at Loehmann's....
Krista Gassib
Really interesting and entertaining look into the fashion industry. I think this book gives the outsider a glimpse into what it's like to be a designer. From dealing with important magazine editors to doped up models. As a girl who loves fashion I found this book quite entertaining.
Fluffychick
A quick dash through the seedier parts of the fashion industry. If you've read other Babylon books you'll know what to expect, likewise if you've ever picked up the new trashy glossies. No big surprises and it seemed a sanitised version of what I'm sure really goes on.
Odette
Quite a page turner. I had such a good time reading this book.
Books about the "behind the scenes" lives are a somewhat craving for me. And a big thank you to the author for changing the names in a way that we the mere readers, could still figure out who she was talking about.
Tricia
After reading the Red Queen this book was hard at first to get into, it seemed so trivial. However I got hooked and rather enjoyed it. An interesting look at the world of fashion told with humor. Not quite the glamourous life it's cracked up to be!
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