Garden City: Doubleday, 1954. Single volume, measuring 8.25 x 5.25 inches: 381, . Original white textured pictorial boards stamped in gilt and black, original unclipped blue pictorial dust jacket, pale blue endpapers. Thirty-two black and white photographic plates. Signed by both authors on front flyleaf. Jacket lightly creased and rubbed.
First edition of this publishing memoir by legendary fashion editor Edna Woolman Chase, who began her career as “a kind of little widget” in the Vogue mailroom, ultimately serving as editor-in-chief from 1914 to 1952. Her narrative spans almost sixty years of American style, charting the rise of Vogue from a provincial New York socialite journal to an international brand under publisher Condé Nast. In addition to her memories of colleagues like Carmel Snow, Cecil Beaton, and Clare Boothe Luce, Chase offers a range of unsentimental fashion advice: “Remember your enemy, the rival who sees you always in 3-D. Make sure you are at least as well informed as she.” “In fashion do not have the courage of your mistakes.” A near-fine copy, signed by Edna Woolman Chase and her co-author, daughter Ilka Chase.