“The basic concept of Cheap Chic for both men and women is to have a few clothes that make you feel good rather than a closet full of mismatched fashions,” Catherine Milinaire and Carol Troy write in the introduction of their book, Cheap Chic.
~ What ~
As a fortieth anniversary edition, this two-hundred-and-twenty-three-page paperback targets those who enjoyed the original 1975s Cheap Chic book. With black and white photographs and design sketches of the era, even the type font takes you back decades ago when clothing designs were rather bizarre and statement-making.
After a dedication, forward by Tim Gunn, and introduction, nine chapters follow regarding the Cheap Chic style, ending with a directory of stores and mail order houses worldwide, appendix regarding fabrics, and index.
This book focuses on classic, ivy league, and western designers. Also included are designers’ works made from thrift stores or those apropos for college or employment wear, futuristic apparel, wrappings, and mixing items.
~ Why ~
Being a teen in Los Angeles in the 1970s, I was aware of the concept of chic stylish clothing at an inexpensive cost mainly because I had to sew most of my clothes. Since it has been decades, many of the names may be forgotten, but the styles are making a comeback in today’s fashion industry. I enjoyed some of the celebrity photographs showing the trends of the seventies and its eclectic combination of what was deemed trendy at the time.
~ Why Not ~
Those that do not care about fashion will probably pass on this read that seems to be stuck in 1975 with little updates. Those that are in their twenties or thirties may find the seventies self-absorbed and unimpressive in their often gaudy, strange clothing styles.
~ Who ~
Past editor of Vogue, Milinaire is a journalist and photographer who has worked with Andy Warhol, Richard Avedon, and Diana Vreeland. Troy is also a journalist and photographer who has published works in Rags, Oui (collaborating with Helmut Newton), Conde Nast Traveler, Vanity Fair, and the New York Times.
~ Wish ~
Not knowing the original book existed, I expected this to be current-day tips on cheap tricks and venues for classic but inexpensive clothing combinations. I wish it had more of what to do today than what was done forty years ago.
~ Want ~
If you are looking for a book catering to the 1970s clothing and lifestyle, this updated version may be for you, but I expected something different that had money-saving tips and was updated.
Thanks to Blogging for Books for offering this book to read and review for my unbiased, honest opinion.
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