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A Dash of Daring: Carmel Snow and Her Life…

A Dash of Daring: Carmel Snow and Her Life In Fashion, Art, and Letters

by Penelope Rowlands

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More about Snow than you will ever want to know. Snow was editor-in-chief at Harper's Bazaar from 1932-1957. If you like the period of the 1930s-1950s, if you're interested in fashion, magazine editors, or how a magazine is put together, or in Paris or New York during those years, you'll like this book. ( )
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Carmel Snow lived larger than life - she dressed to perfection, was fond of dramatic pronouncements, and had a savage passion for discovering creative genius. It is fitting, then, that her career at the helm of Harper's Bazaar forever changed the face of fashion magazine publishing. Early in the twentieth century, when the typical fashion magazine was narrowly concerned with dressing well, Snow's progressive editorial vision included art, fiction, photography and reportage. Along the way, she launched the careers of would-be legends, including Andy Warhol, Lauren Bacall, Truman Capote and Christian Dior. "A Dash of Daring" chronicles the extraordinary life of Carmel Snow on both sides of the Atlantic, beginning in nineteenth-century Ireland and continuing on to Paris, Milan and New York City, the fashion capitals of the world. Overflowing with previously untold stories of the colourful and glamorous - including Richard Avedon, Andre Leon Talley, Diana Vreeland, Virginia Woolf, Aldous Huxley, and the members of the legendary Algonquin Round Table - "A Dash of Daring" is a compelling portrait of the fashion world during a golden era.

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"Carmel Snow, who changed the course of our culture by launching the careers of some of today's greatest figures in fashion and the arts, was one of the most extraordinary women of the twentieth century. As editor in chief of Harper's Bazaar from 1934 to 1958 she championed the concept of "well-dressed women with well-dressed minds," bringing cutting-edge art, fiction, photography, and reportage into the American home." "Now comes A Dash of Daring, a first and definitive biography of this larger-than-life figure in publishing, art, and letters. Veteran magazine journalist Penelope Rowlands describes the remarkable places Snow frequented and the people whose lives she transformed, among them Richard Avedon, Diana Vreeland, Geoffrey Beene, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Cristobal Balenciaga, Lauren Bacall, and Truman Capote." "She chronicles Snow's life on both sides of the Atlantic, beginning in nineteenth-century Ireland and continuing to Paris, Milan, and New York City, the fashion capitals of the world." "Snow was the daughter of an Irish immigrant, who was herself a forward-thinking businesswoman, and she worked in her mother's custom dressmaking shop before being discovered by the magazine publisher Conde Nast and training under Edna Woolman Chase, the famous longtime editor of Vogue. From there it was on to Harper's Bazaar which, with the help of such key employees as Avedon, Vreeland, and art director Alexey Brodovitch, Snow turned into the most admired magazine of the century. Among the disparate talents who worked at Bazaar in the Snow era were Andy Warhol, the heiress Doris Duke, Maeve Brennan, and members of the storied Algonquin Round Table."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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