The Cat-Walk - Cherry MarshallHutchinson, 1978, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper. Gently faded at the spine of the dust wrapper. Price Clipped. Edges of the text block lightly tanned. Text complete, clean and tight.
Illustrated with black and white photographs. From the cover: “Modelling has for decades been the most popular profession for girls, and the different periods of fashion have all had their own star models — Barbara Goalen, Jean Shrimpton, Twiggy — epitomising the lifestyle behind the dress. Cherry Marshall has been at the centre of this world since she became a successful model just after the war, and she knows more about the model world than anyone else in the business.
As Miss Susan Small she did fashion shows all over the country and was treated as a celebrity. In the fifties she acquired her own model school and agency, and for over twenty years she was one of the country’s top agents, handling famous names like Bronwyn Pugh, Zoe Newton the Milk Girl, Paulene Stone and Patti Boyd. She was constantly crossing new frontiers: taking the first ever British fashion show to Moscow; introducing black models; running grooming courses for older women, nurses, even girls in Borstal. She was as much at home with the high society she met as a model as with the Bohemian set of writers and artists she met through her husband, Emanuel Litvinoff, and she remembers both with affection and wit.
The contrast between post-war austerity and the opulence of the fashion scene is vividly described, and she brings to life both the you-never-had-it-so-good climate of the fifties and the excitement of the swinging sixties. Her unsentimental recollections of life behind the exquisite facade, the beauty tricks and the gossip make fascinating reading..”