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Thursday, 12 January 2012

Fashion Report

Vicky Tiel Clucks
on Chic Chicks

'A great read. Buy this book now!'
Richard Carreño, The Philadelphia Junto

"A naughty girl when that was the best a girl could be, inventor of the mini, Paris couturier at 18, Vicky Tiel tells spicy tales from dressing Kim, Ursula and Miles Davis, teasing Woody Allen, staying up late with Princess Grace and more intimate tales than you thought you'd want to know from her years in the entourage of Liz and Dick. Comes complete with tricks you need: bedroom advice, supermodels' diet guide, how to get men to give jewelry and the recipe for a perfect pink tunafish sandwich."

--Gael Greene, author of Insatiable: Tales from a Life of Delicious Excess

"A delicious romp...her memoir reads like all of the juiciest bits of your favorite gossip magazine, pushing back the curtains of an over-the-top life among the who's who of the '60s-'80s."
--Kirkus Review

The New York Times
'Vicky Tiel’s 40-Year Career in Fashion,' Christopher Petkanas, August 19, 2011
If you are famous for dressed-to-spill goddess gowns beloved by women like Joan Collins and Halle Berry — steel stays radiating pitilessly from the diaphragm — then deciding what to wear to pick up a reporter at a train station in upstate New York might pose a challenge.

Wall Street Journal
'A Miniskirt Started It.'Pia Catton, August 13, 2011
If you have not been frolicking throughout Europe and Hollywood with the rich and famous this summer, you may wish to dive into the memoir of fashion designer and bon vivant Vicky Tiel. “It’s All About the Dress” is a breeze through her 40 years in the worlds of fashion, celebrity, sex and food. Ms. Tiel dressed Elizabeth Taylor, Goldie Hawn and Jane Fonda, and partied with Miles Davis, Warren Beatty and Aaron Spelling. Reading her stories is a grand time all on its own. 

Women's Wear Daily
'Vicky Tiel Releases Tell-All Book,' By Lorna Koski
Vicky Tiel enjoyed remarkable success very early in life — and, unlike many who do so, she’s been able to keep it up. The designer says this is because she’s so driven. When she was just 20, she and her friend Mia Fonssagrives, like Tiel a recent Parsons graduate, launched their own collection in Paris. Life magazine devoted a prominent spread to them in 1965.

Palm Beach Pulse
Vicky Tiel says: If you want your prince to come, get a good dress.(Jan Tuckwood, August 18, 2011)
If you want to discover the power of fashion, persuade a woman to strip down in a dressing room.
Naked women tell the truth, says designer Vicky Tiel.

August 8, 2011
'She’s dressed everyone from Goldie Hawn to Halle Berry to Kim Kardashian. She’s bedded everyone from Elvis Presley to Marlon Brando to Warren Beatty. She inspired Breakfast at Tiffany’s, designed a bikini for Brigitte Bardot, and had Elizabeth Taylor for a business partner….”

August 15, 2011
'Rabbits, Rivers, and Wrap Dresses: 5 Life Lessons from Designer Vicky Tiel,' Lilit Marcus
“Although I hadn’t heard of designer Vicky Tiel before picking up her memoir It’s All About the Dress (which comes out tomorrow), I can now say with certainty that she is a total badass.”

Publishers Weekly
June 6, 2011
It’s All About the Dress: What I Learned in 40 Years About Men, Women, Sex, and Fashion
The original purveyor of the miniskirt and Elizabeth Taylor’s caftan unravels fabulous, chatty tales of her early success in the 1960s as a young American fashion designer in Paris. A student of Parsons School of Design in Manhattan, Tiel became known around Greenwich Village as Peaches LaTour for her original, thrift-store, bohemian look (leather mini, lace stockings, boots), creating sexy looks that delighted her boyfriends but shocked the establishment. Along with a well-connected schoolmate, Mia Fonssagrives (stepdaughter of Irving Penn), Tiel aimed to take Paris by storm, and they did, within a few months of arriving in 1963, with the help of former top model Dorian Leigh (aka Holly Golightly) and fashion designer Louis Féraud. From doing the costumes for movies like What’s New, Pussycat? (“Ursula Andress taught me the power of a dress”) to dressing Elizabeth Taylor for more than 20 years, Tiel was the “it” girl. By turns nutty and tender, she offers priceless anecdotes about Liz and Richard, Romy Schneider and Alain Delon, Woody Allen, Warren Beatty, hippies, and dating married men.