Gioia Diliberto is the author of five critically acclaimed books about Paris, the Jazz Age, women’s lives and fashion history. She started her career as a journalist and still contributes articles to The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Tribune, Town & Country, Smithsonian, and other publications. Ms. Diliberto’s work has been praised for bringing rich historical moments to life through meticulous research and vivid storytelling. Her novels, I Am Madame X, about John Singer Sargent’s most famous painting, and The Collection, about the start of Coco Chanel’s career, offer sharp, compelling pictures of how art and fashion affect our world. The Collection has been translated into several languages and optioned for a movie. Paris Without End: The True Story of Hemingway’s First Wife, Ms. Diliberto’s 1992 book about one of literature’s most famous love stories (and the true story behind A Moveable Feast), is being reissued by HarperCollins. Currently, she is at work on a book about the fashion and feminist icon, Diane von Furstenberg.
Gioia Diliberto brings rich historical moments to life through vivid and compelling storytelling. Her meticulously researched talks focus on France and famous lives and offer sharp, entertaining pictures of how art and fashion affect our world.
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WHAT IS FASHION?
We’re in a Golden Age of Fashion pop culture, of fashion T.V. shows, fashion websites, fashion blogs and celebrity fashion lines. Today, fashion is a $300 billion industry, but once upon a time it didn’t exist. This lively, fascinating talk, accompanied by dozens of beautiful pictures, explains how fashion started in 12th century France – when women for the first time in history began dressing to show off – and how Fashion became a social and cultural force.
HOW COCO CHANEL CREATED MODERN STYLE
A lively, informative talk, incorporating dozens of gorgeous pictures, that explains how Coco Chanel became the most iconic name in fashion.
DIANE VON FURSTENBERG: SERCRETS OF THE DVF WOMAN
In 1973 Diane von Furstenberg invented the wrap dress, and it hit America like a tsunami in matte jersey. More than five million wraps were sole, and at 27 Diane became rich and famous, with a fame that continues to reverberate. Yet her most outstanding creation has been herself. From her humble beginnings as a dark, frizzy-haired outsider growing up in Belgium, she became the DVF Woman, a model of glamour, sensuality, independence and confidence.
FIRST LADY FASHION
JAZZ AGE FASHION
PARIS WITHOUT END: THE TRUE STORY OF HEMINGWAY’S FIRST WIFE