The Designer

The Designer

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"In 1944, newly married Copper Reilly arrives in Paris soon after the liberation. While the city celebrates its freedom, she's stuck in the prison of an unhappy marriage. When her husband commits one betrayal too many, Copper demands a separation. Alone in Paris, she finds an unlikely new friend: an obscure, middle-aged designer from the back rooms of a decaying fashion house whose timid nature and reluctance for fame clash with the bold brilliance of his designs. His name is Christian Dior. Realising his genius, Copper urges Dior to strike out on his own, helping to pull him away from his insecurities and towards stardom. With just a camera and a typewriter, she takes her own advice and ventures into the wild and colorful world of fashion journalism. Soon Copper finds herself torn between two very different suitors, questioning who she is and what she truly wants. As the city rebuilds and opulence returns, can Copper make a new, love-filled life for herself?"--Page 4 of cover.
Publisher: Seattle : Lake Union Publishing, [2017]
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781612185811
Characteristics: 322 pages ; 21 cm


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Dec 29, 2017

Having arrived in Paris with her husband Amory shortly following the city's liberation during World War II, Copper finds herself aghast at the horrors still raging in the city while simultaneously captivated by the people she's become acquainted with, geniuses and eccentrics alike, while sampling its art and fashion circles. Despite her marriage beginning to disintegrate, Copper snatches a gift opportunity to begin work as a journalist, reporting to American readers on the present state of affairs in Paris and the ways in which the population is beginning to reclaim its pride. One of her new friends is a talented fashion visionary who lacks the confidence and temerity to strike out on his own: Christian Dior.

I picked up this title solely because of the author. I've never read anything as unforgettable as Gabriel's 'The Original Sin,' and relish the rare opportunity to read another of his works. Although I usually shy away from the topic of WWII when reading for pleasure, I found 'The Designer' sweetly charming, and the subplot involving Dior touching and illuminating.


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