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From culture to couture

Penelope Gilliatt

21 February 1985
The ‘Vogue’ Bedside Book 
edited by Josephine Ross.
Hutchinson, 256 pp., £9.95, October 1984, 0 09 158520 1
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The Art of Zandra​ Rhodes 
by Anne Knight and Zandra Rhodes.
Cape, 240 pp., £18, November 1984, 0 395 37940 7
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... of the childless woman. The nuclear missile and toxic waste problems have made the pressure subside. Always before there had been the assumption that the species must go on. But now, why? The Art of ZandraRhodes includes some of the concussed sentences that British Vogue, even on fashion, avoids. Miss Rhodes says that she ‘loves to talk about the things in her head’. End of statement. There is a ...
1 October 1987
Serenissima: A Novel of Venice 
by Erica Jong.
Bantam, 225 pp., £10.95, September 1987, 0 593 01365 4
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Her Mother’s Daughter 
by Marilyn French.
Heinemann, 756 pp., £10.95, October 1987, 0 434 27200 0
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The Wedding of Jayanthi Mandel 
by Sara Banerji.
Gollancz, 208 pp., £10.95, September 1987, 0 575 03984 1
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... are ‘Paloma P.’, ‘Jackie O.’, ‘Arianna S.’ and ‘the incomparable Gore V ... making everybody laugh at his legendary aphorisms’. Jessica Pruitt’s wardrobe encompasses a ‘black ZandraRhodes Victorian fantasy’, ‘an elegant Missoni knit dress’ and ‘a Thierry Mugler jump suit’. Arrival in the 16th century is signalled by a mistiness of documentation, a mistiness which may ...

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