French Chic & Slim
|| 16 March 2017
Joan Juliet Buck — The Price of Illusion
When I was ill last February, to cheer me, Jane in Dallas (Merci, Jane) sent links to delicious chic French-flavored articles. One was a compilation of excerpts from Joan Juliet Buck’s memoir The Price of Illusion. The book was released last week.
For seven years Joan Juliet Buck was the editor of French Vogue, the only American to hold that position. An American woman tellling French women how to dress. Imagine that ! But Joan Juliet Buck understands French women. I quoted her in the third Chic & Slim book Chic & Slim Techniques.
In a 1986 Vogue article, “Anouk Aimee: The Female Mystique,” Joan Juliet Buck wrote: She does not want to give anything away about herself. This doesn’t stop her from being friendly, funny, straightforward, touching, full of hope and good sense. . .But ask her a personal question. . .and she looks the other way, giggles, and says, “I hate interviews.” Joan Juliet Buck goes on to write; “To spend time with her is to learn a little about the quiet, receptive way to be a woman.”
The compilation of memoir excerpts appeared in New York Magazine titled Au Revoir to All That: For a brief time, I was the queen of French fashion. Then came the guillotine.
If you are needing a bit of cheering or distraction, and have not read the excerpts, you might find them entertaining. A number of recent reviews of The Price of Illusion have appeared in the media. A Google search will bring you links. The link to the (lengthy) New York Magazine piece is below.
be chic, stay slim — Anne Barone
Image: (left) Cover of The Price of Illusion (center) study for a portrait of Joan Juliet Buck by Reginald Gray via Wikipedia (right) Editor Buck’s French Vogue cover Sept 1994.