Read The Designer Online Free - In 1944, newly married Copper Reilly arrives in Paris soon after the liberation. While the city celebrates its freedom, she’s stuck in the prison of an unhappy marriage. When her husband commits one betrayal too many, Copper demands a separation.
Alone in Paris, she finds an unlikely new friend: an obscure, middle-aged designer from the back rooms of a decaying fashion house whose timid nature and reluctance for fame clash with the bold brilliance of his designs. His name is Christian Dior.
Realising his genius, Copper urges Dior to strike out on his own, helping to pull him away from his insecurities and towards stardom. With just a camera and a typewriter, she takes her own advice and ventures into the wild and colourful world of fashion journalism.
Soon Copper finds herself torn between two very different suitors, questioning who she is and what she truly wants. As the city rebuilds and opulence returns, can Copper make a new, love-filled life for herself?
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September 04, 2017
I admit to some serious wavering with regard to choosing this book from the Kindle First offerings. The last few I’ve read—or tried to read—were poster kids for amateur writing, ridiculous plots, stilted dialogue, and scant acquaintance with history, much less the bedrock of fiction. Worse, this...
September 09, 2017
Something about this book makes it feel like reading it is a guilty pleasure. With the backdrop of WWII (which, being Jewish, I normally avoid because I am unwilling and terrified to learn of the horrors) I was surprised to find myself not skipping pages. For this fashionista, the pull to learn a...
September 11, 2017
A great read, written so well!
I haven't read this author before but I'll look for his other historical novels now. The story and characters were riveting. The Paris couture scene was unknown to me but very interesting! Highly recommended.
September 02, 2017
Historical fiction at its best
Copper and her friends are wonderful characters set against the end of the war. I didn't want the story to end.
September 06, 2017
An excellent story
Taking place in Paris as World War 2 was ending, this is the story of Copper and her friend, the famous designer, Christian Dior. The world of fashion combines with a lovely heroine and her growth as a woman in her early twenties. The story is lush with fascinating detail and wa...
September 10, 2017
Historical fiction brings the events and personalities, the highs and lows of history to life as non-fictional accountings rarely can. In relating the rise of Christian Dior as narrated by the entirely fictional character of Copper (Oona) Reilly, the reader is treated to a view of post...
September 17, 2017
‘Can’t you be happy for me? At least I’m off the cocaine.’
'Really?’ Copper asked sceptically.
'Well, at least I can afford my own stuff now. I don’t have to go on my knees to Petrus anymore.’
'No, you get other women to do that for you.’
'Don’t lecture me, Copper. You live your life and I’ll liv...
September 12, 2017
5 Stars For The City Of Lights!!!
Spectacular! Amazing!! Stupendous!!!
These are just a few ways to name how I feel about this story. I have always enjoyed reading about this time in history to begin with I must say. And with this story we get to see the end of a terrible war and the toll it took...
September 07, 2017
Entertaining novel imagines the rise of fashion's Christian Dior
Just about every detail of this book evokes Paris as fashion capital fighting the struggle to remain so against the Nazis toward the end of World War II. Christian Dior is a fascinating subject. But, the fictional main character, Cop...
September 17, 2017
Relationships are what weaves this tale
Thoroughly enjoyable look at Paris after liberation in World War II. Explores, Through an American woman's eyes, Paris in the 1940s. The anger held against those who supported the Germans, the erotic and tumultuous lives of Parisians, and the rise of the des...