If you fancy the life and times of iconic women, their beauty and privilege, drama and tribulations; who have greatly influenced our culture, then you will love “The World of Gloria Vanderbilt” – released in bookstores any minute. I discovered this wonderfully intriguing book thumbing through the December issue of Vogue magazine upon take-off to Florida. A touching forward Â is written by her famed son, Anderson Cooper ( AC 360 on CNN) , who I completely adore and respect! Seriously, how could you not love a man who writes with honest sensitivity and adoration for his mother and legendary family name, “Vanderbilt”. Secretly, AC reminds me of my own son. I love Anderson Cooper (of course I would read anything written by him) and I fancy this book! Â Enjoy! Â Allison
P.S. In case you haven’t noticed, CNN is in the tank these days with ratings deep in toilet plumbing. They have lost many of their lead journalists and story tellers. Yet, Wolfe Blitzer remains (literally)! Â Anderson Cooper alone keeps me tuned in!
Gloria Vanderbilt is many things: an heiress, a painter, a muse, a designer, a model, a writer, an entrepreneur, an actor, a socialite, a survivor, an icon. She brought the Vanderbilt name out of the Gilded Age and into the Digital Age, reinventing herself over and over along the way. Hers is a story of charisma, glamour, and heartbreaking loss, told here by Wendy Goodman, who had intimate access to Vanderbilt for this book. The illustrations include portraits of Vanderbilt and her extraordinary homes, filled with original and influential decorating ideas, by such photographic legends as Richard Avedon, Louise Dahl-Wolfe, Inge Morath, Horst P. Horst, Francesco Scavullo, and Annie Leibovitz. Vanderbilt’s son, Anderson Cooper, contributes a foreword.
*A surprisingly lovely coffee-table book – perfect holiday gift!