The Disappearance of Astrid Bricard
by Natasha Lester
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Pub Date 30 Jan 2024 | Archive Date Not set
"Vogue meets Daisy Jones & the Six," says New York Times bestseller Kate Quinn, in this bold novel of feminism and fashion set in 1970s New York City and the historic designers’ showdown in Versailles.
Everyone remembers her daringly short, silver lamé dress. It was iconic photo capturing an electric moment, where emerging American designer Astrid Bricard is young, uninhibited, and on the cusp of fashion and feminism’s changing landscape. She and fellow designer Hawk Jones are all over Vogue magazine and New York City's disco scene. Yet she can't escape the shadow of her mother, Mizza Bricard, infamous "muse" for Christian Dior. Astrid would give anything to take her place among the great houses of couture--on her own terms. I won’t inspire it when I can create it.
But then Astrid disappeared…
Now Astrid's daughter, Blythe, holds what remains of her mother and grandmother's legacies. Of all the Bricard women, she can gather the torn, painfully beautiful fabrics of three generations of heartbreak to create something that will shake the foundations of fashion. The only piece missing is the one question no one's been able to answer: What really happened to Astrid?
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The perfect family mystery spanning generations that is revealed slowly in a tantalizing, satisfying way. I couldn't put it down and recommend it to all historical fiction fans for its brilliant plot, excellent writing, and its superb portrayal of a woman wanting to make her own imprint on the world. A plus for the wonderful descriptions of the fashion world as well! Really enjoyed this one!
Absolutely loved this book. The cover drew me in, and it was all uphill from there. Gave me The Seven Husband's of Evelyn Hugo vibes but a totally different storyline, and characters. Still the same feelings -inequality for women in every industry, being unable to love who you want without sacrificing your career, double standards etc.
Told from the point of view of three generations of Bricard women over the span of several decades.
Great read. Very interesting fiction recounting of three generations of women in the fashion world. This is a fictional account but there are there real people interspersed within this book. This takes three tremendously talented women, Grandmother Mizza Bricard, Daughter Astrid Bricard and Granddaughter Blythe Bricard through the ups and downs of fashion spanning approximately 100 years. The injustices the women endured at the hands of male fashion experts and the media. Very well written. I learned a great deal about this industry. Must read. Recommend.
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