Threads: My Life Behind the Seams in the High-Stakes World of Fashion
From his blue-collar childhood in Boston's South End to his spread-collar success as one of America's top designers, Joseph Abboud has forged a remarkable path through the unglamorous industry of making people look glamorous. He's been jilted by Naomi Campbell (who didn't show up on the runway because she wasn't in the mood), been questioned by the FBI (who did show up in his office after September 11, because he fit the profile), and soared and sunk more than a few times-and lived to tell the tales. Threads is his off-the-record take on fashion, from the inside out. With breezy irreverence, he looks at guys and taste, divas and deviousness, fabric and texture, and all those ties. He takes us to the seductive domain of Polo Ralph Lauren, where he became associate director of menswear design. He reveals the mystique of department-store politics, what's what at the sample sale, and who copies whom. He explains the process of making great clothes, from conception and sketch to manufacturing and marketing. Whether he's traveling by bucking bronco, plunging plane, Paris metro, or cross-country limo, Abboud is an illuminating guide to a complex world --Book jacket.
Abboud, Joseph. Threads: My Life Behind the Seams in the High-Stakes World of Fashion. New York: Harper Collins, 2004.