Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Student Book Review: "Talking Fashion"

Talking Fashion
Author: Sarajane Hoare

By Mikayla Medina

This book is known to be an “eye-opener” for all fashion fans. After reading this book and deeply trying to understand each photograph with the short story beforehand, I really enjoyed.

Sarajane Hoare became a well-known fashion editor in London in the late eighties. She decided to share her thoughts and experiences by answering through her book “Talking Fashion.” Each photograph that was put into the book had weeks of planning put into it and beautiful ideas. Sarajane worked with fashion’s finest photographers and together they put together this book that made me realize there is so much more to being a fashion editor than I thought.

My favorite quote by Sarajane in this book is on the first page she wrote, fifth paragraph, it says, “You must love everything about clothes, and do so with a passion. It’s not just about adoring to drss up for parties, or about shopping – sorry, it’s to do with writing about clothes, fighting for the ??, ironing, pinning, and counting them, weighing, carrying, and analyzing them, dreaming of them, even sleeping with the damn things – without ever being able to get away.” This was so inspirational to me because it pushed me to work harder and better for what I love. This book gave me a better understanding of working in fashion in the simplest ways.

The photographs are absolutely amazing, not a page I could get bored staring at. She added small quotes to each “theme” of her photographs that definitely keep the reader interested. The one that stood out to me the most was the model who modeled the choker necklace because she wrote beside it how the model fainted after the shoot due to how tight the collar was on her neck. This put imagery and thoughts in my head, thinking how you could avoid this from happening and what I would do in this sort of situation.

“Talking Fashion” was a book I enjoyed reading. I also shared it with my family while I was on vacation and they loved it. It is always cool reading about others’ experiences in the fashion industry and building knowledge of it.

Mikayla Medina was a student in my Fashion Photo Styling class at San Diego Mesa College. Thanks, Mikayla for sharing your book review on this blog.

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