The Beautiful Fall

  • by Alicia Drake
  • Narrated by Bernadette Dunne
  • 16 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In the 1970s, Paris fashion exploded like a champagne bottle left out in the sun. Amid sequins and longing, celebrities and aspirants flocked to the heart of chic, and Paris became a hothouse of revelry, intrigue, and searing ambition. At the center of it all were fashion’s most beloved luminaries - Yves Saint Laurent, the reclusive enfant terrible, and Karl Lagerfeld, the flamboyant freelancer with a talent for reinvention - and they divided Paris into two fabulous halves. Their enduring rivalry is chronicled in this dazzling exposé of an era: of social ambitions, shared obsessions, and the mesmerizing quest for beauty.
Alicia Drake writes regularly for publications including the International Herald Tribune, British Vogue, Travel and Leisure, and W magazine, for which she was a contributing editor. She has lived and worked in Paris for the last ten years.


What the Critics Say

“Deliciously dramatic… The Beautiful Fall crackles with excitement.” (New York Times Book Review)
“Fascinating.” (New York Times)
“[It] moves stylishly forward, with frequent overtheshoulder glances at some very dishy background…A story constructed as exquisitely as a couture dress.” (Boston Globe)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

A "must hear" for fashion history enthusiasts

Would you listen to The Beautiful Fall again? Why?

Yes! Such interesting subject matter.

Any additional comments?

Very interesting how the author entertwined the lives of the two famous designers.

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- Keith Starling "Cookaholic"

Very good except wrong French pronounciations

It's coo-ture, not coe-ture. She gets it right with "boutique," so not sure how "couture" got off the rails. Otherwise, an entertaining story.
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- Kathy

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-29-2012
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.