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Book, Launched

I’m having the time of my life – this week we launched “Style is Eternal” at Avid Reader in Brisbane and last week in Sydney at Berkelouw Paddington Sydney. This is so much fun: I love books, bookshops, book readers and best of all is having your own book and talking to shiny people about it! Book people are good people. And just when I couldn’t get more excited about bookshops (and how great it is to find good ones in other cities) there was the St Kilda library, who kindly invited me back for a third time to talk…

Magnificent Obssesion

If you read The Age or The Sydney Morning Herald on the weekend, you might have seen my smiling face in the Good Weekend magazine – an article about vintage clothing collectors written by Lee Tulloch. First I have to take you back in time though, to 1989 when a young redhead lived in an Art Deco flat in Subiaco, Perth, drove a 1959 Rover 3 litre and had a whole room devoted to her hundreds of ’50s party dresses. One day she picked up a book about a young New Yorker called Reality, who also collected ’50s dresses and…

Maggie Alderson and How to Write.

This week I was excited to meet one of my favourite writers: Maggie Alderson, novelist and journalist. She was promoting her new book “Everything Changes But You” and zipping around Australia on a whistle-stop tour. You may recall that I enjoyed Maggie’s last book Shall We Dance about a London vintage clothing shop owner and her adventures. Actually, I’ve read almost all of Maggie’s books and they’re delightful – she’s a writer who loves fashion and treats it with an attractive mix of seriousness and frivolity. What I also love is her wonderful sense of family: both in the relative…

[Book review] Patti Smith – Just Kids

I’ve just finished the most marvellous autobiography – Patti Smith’s book “Just Kids” about her early years in New York of the late ’60s to early ’70s and her love/friendship with Robert Mapplethorpe. Patti’s a remarkable woman – a true poet, her words are beautiful to read as she conjures up a hard life on the streets of Manhattan. We follow as she arrives and meets Mapplethorpe on her first day, almost as if they were fated to be close….soon they meet again but it’s not until the third time that she learns his name: Bob. She asks if she…

Book review: Shall We Dance by Maggie Alderson

First up, I should confess that I love Maggie: she’s quite probably my favourite fashion writer. Up until recently she wrote a weekly column in The Age/Sydney Morning Herald’s “Good Weekend” magazine and many of these columns have been published in book form. They were my favourite part of Saturday. There are also other novels, which tend to fall into the light and entertaining model – recently I read “Cents and Sensibility” and was completely sucked into the jet-setting world of Stella Fain and especially her wonderous family life – I cast Tom Baker as her architect father and enjoyed…

Book Review: Glamour by Carol Dyhouse

One sunny morning I was walking past Readings in Carlton and a book in the window caught my eye – I immediately had to run in and buy it. Now, I consider Circa to be first and foremost a “lifestyle choice” and one of the big personal benefits is that it’s actually my job to read wonderful books like this! My enormous library bulges under the weight of thirty four years of buying books on fashion, clothing and textiles but being a modern woman, it also includes many works on serious topics like gender and philosophy. This book combines all.…