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Thursday, September 17, 2015

CHEAP CHIC is back!

OK. I just copied and pasted from the publisher's website. Anyway, THIS was the book we used to pass around the vintage clothing store where I worked. THIS was the book that taught me about COST PER WEAR. THIS was the out-of-print book that was going for big bucks on Amazon.  Did you read this book back in the day?

The Ultimate Fashion Bible CHEAP CHIC Is Back in Print!

40th Anniversary Edition -- With A New Foreword by Tim Gunn

The Ultimate Fashion Bible CHEAP CHIC Is Back in Print!


  • Imprint: Three Rivers Press
  • On sale: 9/1/15
  • Price: $16.00
  • Pages: 224
  • ISBN: 9781101903421
CONTACT:Rebecca Marsh
With a new foreword by Tim Gunn and hundreds of timeless tips and tricks, the ultimate fashion bible CHEAP CHIC is back in print.
“I think it’s terrific.” –Diane von Furstenberg, of the original edition of Cheap Chic
Before there were street-style blogs and ‘zines, there was CHEAP CHIC by Caterine Milinaire and Carol Troy. Originally published in 1975, this little book about personal style sold hundreds of thousands of copies in its first iteration and was an international hit. Decades later, it continues to inspire designers and attract fashion lovers, gaining a reputation as a cult classic.
Back in print and with a new foreword by Tim Gunn, the fortieth anniversary edition of CHEAP CHIC: Hundreds of Money-Saving Hints to Create Your Own Great Look (Three Rivers Press; Trade Paperback; $16.00; On Sale September 1, 2015) is both a fascinating fashion artifact and a timeless style guide. It was one of the first fashion books to show photographs of “street style” intermixed with couture.
Whether you’re a lover of designer labels or a master thrifter, CHEAP CHIC is about cultivating your personal style on any budget.CHEAP CHIC covers all the basics, and provides advice for stocking up on must-have items such as T-shirts, denim, exercise gear, and one-of-a-kind couture pieces. There’s a reason that classics – like a good pair of leather boots or a navy blazer – never go out of style, and CHEAP CHIC is proof of their staying power.
Astonishingly relevant forty years later, CHEAP CHIC provides great practical advice for creating an affordable, personal wardrobe strategy: what to buy, where to buy it, and how to put it all together to make your own distinctive fashion statement without going broke. It is the original fashion bible that proves you don’t have to be wealthy to be stylish.
CHEAP CHIC also includes interviews with fashion icons like Diana Vreeland and Yves Saint Laurent, along with beautiful vintage photos of stylish celebrities from Greta Garbo to James Dean to Cher. The model on the cover, swinging from the logo designed by Bea Feitler, is Jerry Hall.
CHEAP CHIC provides excellent tips on thrifting, layering, and more – readers will even learn how to make a bikini or tie a headscarf properly. Packed with style ideas, shopping tips, and ways to develop your unique look, CHEAP CHIC is a go-to for fashion inspiration.


Anonymous said...

Wonderful! I found a copy a few years ago, at my local library. Miraculously, they had not discarded it. (I think there must be a fashionista on staff!)
It really is a great resource.

SewingLibrarian said...

Oh, yes, I had my own copy of that book! Who could forget Diana Vreeland's description of the "hell" she went through wearing a polyester blouse on a hot day, LOL. It was the first time I'd heard of Fran Leibowitz, too.

Frugal Scholar said...

@Bettina--I read that people were STEALING library copies because the book became so valuable. I just did a library request.
@SL--Can't wait to read it again. I wonder what happened to the people featured--esp the woman who offered the Cost Per Wear rule. I wonder if she invented the concept.

SewingLibrarian said...

FS, I wonder if this book is the place where I read Yves Saint Laurent's comment that he had told an audience of Soviet women that they could look chic by sewing a beige skirt and coat and knitting a black sweater - I think I've got that correct. I've never been able to track down where I read that. If you get the book from the library, I'd love to know if that story is in Saint Laurent's interview.

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