Fashion Book: Them–A Memoir of Parents
I bought Them: A Memoir of Parents five years ago at Brookline Booksmith and it’s been sitting on my shelf collecting dust ever since. I finally picked it up last week when I was in the mood for some nonfiction, after the rash of fiction I’ve consumed this summer. Written by Francine du Plessix Gray, Them chronicles the lives of the author’s mother, Tatiana du Plessix Liberman, and her stepfather, Alexander Liberman. The two Russian expats lived a glamorous and whirlwind life in New York in the second half of the 20th century–Tatiana was a successful hat designer and socialite, and Liberman was the Art Director at Vogue before going on to take over the entire Conde Nast empire.
I’m just about halfway through the book and I’m eager to read about Liberman’s tenure at Vogue as well as Tatiana’s hat business. The book is packed with biographical details about the couple and their families, and it’s fascinating to see how all of the different characters intersect.
For this look for Tatiana, I tried to recreate an Old World glamour of the 1950s. She was known for being imposing and was never without flashy jewelry and finery.
Have you read any good biographies lately?