This highly sought-after volume detailing one of the most influential magazines of the twentieth century is now back in print at a newly affordable price. In 1950, Fleur Cowles established what would become one of the most important and talked about magazines ever created. Critically lauded for its sharp mix of clothes, literature, art, travel, decor, theater, and humor, Flair made publishing history with its combination of eclectic editorial content and lavish production quality. Recalled as "the first magazine that became an art form," The Best of Flair is a compilation of the magazine’s best content as chosen by the woman who created it. Along with its distinctive production values, Flair also features interviews and contributions from some of the most noted artists and celebrities of the past fifty years, including Lucian Freud, Jean Cocteau, Tallulah Bankhead, Saul Steinberg, Salvador Dalí, Simone de Beauvoir, Walker Evans, James Michener, Ogden Nash, Gypsy Rose Lee, Clare Boothe Luce, George Bernard Shaw, John O’Hara, Margaret Mead, and Tennessee Williams. Now, more than ten years after this book was first published by Rizzoli, and more than fifty years after the magazine ceased publication, this facsimile edition offers the same ingenious bookmaking of its predecessor, including multiple gatefolds with die-cuts, booklets, and accordion folder leaflets.
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Fleur Cowles (1908–2009) was an American artist, editor, and writer best known for her pioneering and influential work at Flair. Dominick Dunne (1925–2009) was an American writer and investigative journalist best known for his contributions to Vanity Fair magazine as well as his true crime novels.Review:
“This newly affordable archive features greatest hits from one of the most groundbreaking (and short-lived) fashion magazines of all time. It’s about a close as you can come as giving the gift of time travel — at least, for the ultimate fashion nerd." –New York Magazine
“If you have only heard of but never experienced the pleasure of perusing Flair then you are in for one of the greatest reading experiences...This epic volume is a love letter to all who love reading magazines and still long for the meatiness and richness of the content of yesteryear. As if the extremely intelligent and varied subject matter was not enough to mesmerize the reader, there is the element of presentation that catapults Flair into rarefied territory that has never since been explored and will probably never ever even be dreamt of today. There are not enough superlatives to offer when speaking of this book so if you have esthetic leanings or interest in almost any cultural aspect of life, then, this book is essential to all those who consider themselves cultivated and sophisticated. For once, this reviewer was not only wildly impressed but actually rendered slack jawed and speechless.” –New York Journal of Books
"...a remarkable incarnation of Flair's greatest hits..." –Women’s Wear Daily
“The Best of Flair...re-creates the interactive magazine the best it can without scent strips.” –Vanity Fair
“...a re-edition of The Best of Flair, a heavy volume, which, much like the magazine version, features the die-cut covers, the booklets, the colorful illustrations and the interviews and essays of many boldfaced names from the worlds of art, fashion, literature and society.” –Forbes.com
“Must-Have Coffee Table Book. In 1950, editor Fleur Cowles founded Flair magazine, a sumptuous publication that combined fanciful editorial content with contributions by cultural giants like Salvador Dalí, Ogden Nash, and Lucian Freud. This month Rizzoli reissues a book of the magazine's most memorable pages, complete with vibrant die-cut gatefolds and encased in a stylish scarlet box.” –Harpers Bazaar
"Fleur Cowles, artist and visionary, published Flair magazine in the fifties, and devotées covet and collect these precious few issues. The ideas on each page are original, to this day. They also portray a cultural decade, an insider look at writers and artists like Lucian Freud and Truman Capote who were emerging at that time. Along with its distinctive design elements—die-cut covers, special papers, embossing, bound-in booklets—The Best of Flair also features interviews and contributions from provocative and noted artists and celebrities of the past fifty years, including the ultra- ubiquitous Jean Cocteau, Tallulah Bankhead, Saul Steinberg, Salvador Dalí...You might say it was everyone who was anyone.” –The Style Saloniste
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Descripción Rizzoli International Publicatio, 1999. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: Good. Item may show signs of shelf wear. Pages may include limited notes and highlighting. Includes supplemental or companion materials if applicable. Access codes may or may not work. Connecting readers since 1972. Customer service is our top priority. Nº de ref. de la librería mon0000645627
Descripción Rizzoli, 1999. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: Used: Very Good. Estado de la sobrecubierta: Very Good. New York: Rizzoli, 1999. Second edition. Hardcover. 337 pp. Very good, in very good jacket and very good box. Trace of bumping to board corners. Jacket has hint of shelf wear. Bottom of box has one small indentation and light soil. Lettering on lid of box has some rubbing. Box is 14.5" x 11" x 2.25". Nº de ref. de la librería 042323
Descripción Rizzoli 1999-11-13, 1999. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: good. 2. 084782229X. Nº de ref. de la librería 518103
Descripción Rizzoli, U.S.A., 2000. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: Fine. Estado de la sobrecubierta: Fine. Limited Edition. [Of-E]. Reprint, gift edition. Hardcover, bound in boards with a die-cut jacket in a cloth clamshell box. Light wear to the case, the book unmarked. Nº de ref. de la librería 058968
Descripción Rizzoli, 1999. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: Used: Good. Nº de ref. de la librería SONG084782229X
Descripción Rizzoli, 1999. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: Good. 1st. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. May not contain Access Codes or Supplements. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!. Nº de ref. de la librería 084782229X
Descripción Rizzoli International Publications, Incorporated, New York, 1999. Estado de conservación: Very Good. Estado de la sobrecubierta: Very Good. 4to Red slipcase shows some damp staining, on front cover, o/w vg, , pp. 337, colour illustrations, "Fifty years after it ceased publication, Flair is still one of the most talked-about and influential magazines ever created. It is remembered for its innovative design and production quality, its superb coverage of the arts, and its intuitive discovery. book. Nº de ref. de la librería 131659
Descripción Rizzoli, New York, 1999. Hardcover in a Slipcase. Estado de conservación: Very Good. Gift inscription on early page, no other markings, tight, clean. Second edition. Hardcover in a dust jacket, in a clamshell box. Oversize. Includes, 'the best pieces from the original twelve issues and a selection of the famous die-cut covers, foldouts, and self-contained booklets.'. Nº de ref. de la librería 92824
Descripción Rizzoli International Publications, 1999. Hard cover. Sewn binding. Cloth over boards. 336 p. Audience: General/trade. Fine in fine dust jacket. In cloth clamshell box. Nº de ref. de la librería Alibris.0001949