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DAVID BAILEY was as much part of 1960s culture as the Beatles or the moon landing: his work defined fashion photography that decade. Like Mary Quant and Jean Shrimpton—the model nicknamed the Shrimp—who burst on the scene in London in the 1960s, Bailey was there to photograph them. He is credited with defining what made Britain cool in that unforgettable decade in this latest book, Birth of the Cool, which features photographs of '60s cult figures from the Rolling Stones to the Kray brothers. There are also unpublished photographs, released by Bailey for the first time, accompanied by words from Martin Harrison, an authority in fashion and documentary photography.
   Bailey is well known as the inspiration for the main character in the movie Blow Up, or for his marriage to actress Catherine Deneuve, or his friendship with Mick Jagger—the photographer really was in the middle of swinging London, as this book ably illustrates.

David BaileyBirth of the Cool, by Martin Harrison
Hardcover, 1999
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SLIGHTLY less comprehensive than the forthcoming Birth of the Cool, Models Close-up is another book about the famous work of David Bailey, this time focusing on models—and not just 1960s ones. There are interviews, of course, with Jean Shrimpton—with whom Bailey lived for a time—as well as Penelope Tree, Isabella Rossellini, Christy Turlington, Cindy Crawford, Naomi Campbell, Late Moss and Alek Wek, as well as other fashion authorities, photographers, designers and agents. An attractively put together title and plenty of good info for the money, but doesn't necessarily break new ground.

Models Close-up, by David Bailey and James Sherwood
Paperback, 1999
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Laetitia Casta FAST becoming one of the best-known supermodels, and one of the rare French models known worldwide, it seems the right time for Laetitia Casta to release a book discussing herself.
   The publisher calls her 'the hottest French export since Brigitte Bardot' in its release, which may prompt some debate, but there's no denying the increasing familiarity of Laetitia Casta's image—and thanks to Sports Illustrated's swimsuit issue and Victoria's Secret, her curvy and voluptuous 5'7" figure in an era where anorexic and gaunt faces have become mainstream.
   Chris Heath has the role of biographer in this book, discussing the French model's life, outlook and family. The photography is sensual, including works by Herb Ritts, Helmut Newton, and Dominique Isserman.
   Our tip is that Laetitia is the model who defines the turn of the decade, or indeed la fin du siècle. She is as familiar a face on the runways as in advertisements (particularly as the new face of L'Oréal) and magazine covers. We daren't comment, however, on the human version of Astérix et Obélix, in which Laetitia makes her acting début.

Laetitia Casta, by Laetitia Casta and Christopher Heath
Hardcover, 1999
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WE have plenty of time for Geoffrey Beene's work. It is individual, it does not follow anyone's trends, and it continues to be a strong part of American fashion design. His work is innovative, daring and captures the mood of the time. Here, Geoffrey Beene tells well-known author Laura Jacobs—another reason to look into its purchasehis æsthetic and inspirations, and what he tries to seek in and from his work.

Beauty and the Beene: a Modern Legend, by Laura Jacobs and Geoffrey Beene, illustrated by Sirichai
Hardcover, 1999
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