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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (425 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Alicia Drake Narrator: Bernadette Dunne Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Deliciously dramatic…The Beautiful Fall crackles with excitement.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Fascinating.”

    New York Times

  • “[It] moves stylishly forward, with frequent over-the-shoulder glances at some very dishy background…A story constructed as exquisitely as a couture dress.”

    Boston Globe

  • “This is an extremely readable and impressively researched book.”

    Guardian (London)

  • “Addictive.”

    Philadelphia Inquirer

  • “It’s like US Weekly, 1970s style.”


  • “This smart book stitches together the lives, loves, personalities, and obsessions of two iconic designers, Yves Saint Laurent and Karl Lagerfeld, into a work as finely detailed as any outfit they ever sent down a runway.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “These titanic designers crafted their personas as carefully as they put together their luxurious collections, and we come to know them as reflections in the mirror houses they built…Ultimately, Drake makes a good case for the extraordinary nature of their individual achievements and the revolutionary effect of their competitive energy on the fashion industry. And yet we’re left with a portrait defined more by the careful craft of its brushstrokes than by the substance of the sitters.”


  • A 2006 Los Angeles Times Book Prize Nominee for Current Interest

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Cheryl | 2/15/2014

    " Not necessarily about fashion itself (my one criticism is that there's not enough description of the designers' actual work), The Beautiful Fall paints a detailed portrait of the extravagance of Paris fashion in the 1970s, focusing on the rivalry between Karl Lagerfeld and Yves Saint Laurent. Drake writes in an over-the-top style that sounds exactly like how fashion people talk, and the voice complements the story beautifully. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Muffy Kroha | 2/7/2014

    " So far I love it- great history- Lord! Lagerfeld is older than King Tut!!!! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Ruth | 1/31/2014

    " dreadful. not fun. should have been fun. only occasionally fun. not fun enough. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Mindy Sue | 1/26/2014

    " This is such a great book about fashion and Paris. I love it! "

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