Inside Vogue: A Diary of My 100th Year - Alexandra Shulman

On one hand, I'm a little ashamed of how long it's taken me to read Inside Vogue. I rapidly picked it up a good few months ago upon it's release, and whilst in that time I haven't stopped reading it- I've definitely been a little tardy in completing it. On the other hand however, I've enjoyed it so much that I'm almost glad I've savoured it like I have, as there's been something wonderful about making the extra time each evening to get lost in a few chapters under the sheets.

Now, perhaps the obvious charm of reading something in a diary format, means that the book instantly becomes more personal, approachable and more digestible than any other autobiographical book I've tucked in to. It's a subtle exposé on the world of fashion and the fast paced and somewhat overwhelming life of a fashion editor- making it incredibly interesting (even when the Ocado delivery is the topic of conversation because hey, I CAN RELATE TO THAT!) As well as being frank, fast paced and peppered with fantastic anecdotes (and insights to some of the worlds glossiest celebrities)- it also fascinatingly showcases some of Shulman's insecurities. Towards the end of the novel, she observes 'is it always necessary to have the endorsement of others to feel achievement?' Proving you can indeed be editor of one of the worlds biggest publications and still seek validation, question your own abilities and wonder why on earth the bloody boiler isn't working again.

On top of that, in case you didn't appreciate it before, you really come to understand the true unadulterated graft that goes into producing an issue of Vogue (let alone something as iconic as the centenary issue). The consideration behind every last feature, article and photo shoot is truly eye opening and awe inspiring- and I almost feel a little naive for not considering it before. This obviously means it's been a total pleasure going back and reading the 100th issue itself and picking out bits, and articles I hadn't seen before (making for even more joyous reading, huzzah!) It's a thoroughly engaging read, and whether you chose to read it in a couple of days, or months- I promise that you won't want to put it down.

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Inside Vogue: A Diary of My 100th Year - Alexandra Shulman

On one hand, I'm a little ashamed of how long it's taken me to read Inside Vogue. I rapidly picked it up a good few months ago upon it's release, and whilst in that time I haven't stopped reading it- I've definitely been a little tardy in completing it. On the other hand however, I've enjoyed it so much that I'm almost glad I've savoured it like I have, as there's been something wonderful about making the extra time each evening to get lost in a few chapters under the sheets.

Now, perhaps the obvious charm of reading something in a diary format, means that the book instantly becomes more personal, approachable and more digestible than any other autobiographical book I've tucked in to. It's a subtle exposé on the world of fashion and the fast paced and somewhat overwhelming life of a fashion editor- making it incredibly interesting (even when the Ocado delivery is the topic of conversation because hey, I CAN RELATE TO THAT!) As well as being frank, fast paced and peppered with fantastic anecdotes (and insights to some of the worlds glossiest celebrities)- it also fascinatingly showcases some of Shulman's insecurities. Towards the end of the novel, she observes 'is it always necessary to have the endorsement of others to feel achievement?' Proving you can indeed be editor of one of the worlds biggest publications and still seek validation, question your own abilities and wonder why on earth the bloody boiler isn't working again.

On top of that, in case you didn't appreciate it before, you really come to understand the true unadulterated graft that goes into producing an issue of Vogue (let alone something as iconic as the centenary issue). The consideration behind every last feature, article and photo shoot is truly eye opening and awe inspiring- and I almost feel a little naive for not considering it before. This obviously means it's been a total pleasure going back and reading the 100th issue itself and picking out bits, and articles I hadn't seen before (making for even more joyous reading, huzzah!) It's a thoroughly engaging read, and whether you chose to read it in a couple of days, or months- I promise that you won't want to put it down.

x

9 comments:

  1. I absolutely love your review, Olivia! I've been meaning to pick this book up for a while now and your post has inspired me to make it a priority!

    I hope you have a wonderful Saturday,
    Michael
    https://www.mileinmyglasses.co.uk

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  2. I loved reading this book too!

    I really appreciated Alexandra's honesty, really saw her as a real person which made for such an interesting and informative read. Sad to see her leave now!

    Heather x | www.atelierofstyle.co.uk

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  3. This book has been on my whislist for so long! I really want to read it xxx
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  4. Loved this book, actually reviewed it myself over on the-potofgold.blogspot.com Xx

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  5. I am currently reading this book, and I'm loving it! For some reason, I find it quite relaxing haha x

    Ariadna || RAWR BOWS

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  6. this one is on my list!

    xx
    lau
    www.malibluemymind.com

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  7. I've not heard of this book! I love the cover and it sound really interesting. I'll have to check it out!

    Brittany | thechicette.com

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  8. Amazing review of this book! I really want to read it now x

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  9. Love this review, might have to check it out! xx

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