• Filename: strapless.
  • ISBN: 9781440628184
  • Release Date: 2004-05-03
  • Number of pages: 320
  • Author: Deborah Davis
  • Publisher: Penguin

The subject of John Singer Sargent's most famous painting was twenty-three-year-old New Orleans Creole Virginie Gautreau, who moved to Paris and quickly became the "it girl" of her day. A relative unknown at the time, Sargent won the commission to paint her; the two must have recognized in each other a like-minded hunger for fame. Unveiled at the 1884 Paris Salon, Gautreau's portrait generated the attention she craved-but it led to infamy rather than stardom. Sargent had painted one strap of Gautreau's dress dangling from her shoulder, suggesting either the prelude to or the aftermath of sex. Her reputation irreparably damaged, Gautreau retired from public life, destroying all the mirrors in her home. Drawing on documents from private collections and other previously unexamined materials, and featuring a cast of characters including Oscar Wilde and Richard Wagner, Strapless is a tale of art and celebrity, obsession and betrayal.


  • Filename: strapless.
  • ISBN: 158542336X
  • Release Date: 2004
  • Number of pages: 310
  • Author: Deborah Davis
  • Publisher: Penguin

Shares the story behind the creation of John Singer Sargent's famous painting, which propelled the artist into international renown but condemned his young subject, Virginie Gautreau of New Orleans, to a lifetime of public ridicule and self-loathing due to the work's perceived sexuality. Reprint. 17,500 first printing.


  • Filename: strapless.
  • ISBN: 9781459248557
  • Release Date: 2012-08-15
  • Number of pages: 315
  • Author: Leigh Riker
  • Publisher: Harlequin

With only 207 more shopping days until thirty, Darcie Elizabeth Baxter is searching for…an office with a door on it, a great apartment in Manhattan and a man who's interested in commitment. Instead, she's been spending her days battling her co-workers at Wunderthings Lingerie International and her nights trying to avoid her grandmother's possessed cat. And though she gets a great employee discount, she hasn't needed it since…well, it's been a while. Even her grandmother has a more active social life. So when a chance to go to Sydney to open up a new lingerie store lands in Darcie's lap, she jumps at it. Australia is incredible, and so is Dylan Rafferty, the Aussie sheep rancher she falls into bed with. But now that she's met a man capable of giving her multiple orgasms and multiple laughs, Darcie bristles at his fantasy of her barefoot, pregnant and in the kitchen, no less. Should she marry him, or send him back to the set of The Donna Reed Show? Caught between romance and reality, Darcie vows to define life, and happiness, her own way—even if that means risking it all and going strapless!


  • Filename: strapless.
  • ISBN: 0373250185
  • Release Date: 2002
  • Number of pages: 315
  • Author: Leigh Riker
  • Publisher: Don Mills, Ont. : Red Dress Ink

Sent to Australia to open a lingerie store, Darcie Baxter has a passionate affair with a sheep rancher before returning to New York. After a few months and many eye-opening events, Darcie returns Down Under to reconcile with Dylan, who has been desperate to make their newfound relationship work.


  • Filename: strapless.
  • ISBN: 0571154980
  • Release Date: 1989
  • Number of pages: 87
  • Author: David Hare
  • Publisher:

The story of two sisters whose lives are thrown into crisis by the effects of their unhappy love affairs. David Hare's previous films include Wetherby and Paris by Night.

Female Figure in Fishtail type Strapless Dress U 213 MC111 11 23verso

  • Filename: female-figure-in-fishtail-type-strapless-dress-u-213-mc111-11-23verso.
  • ISBN: OCLC:436286982
  • Release Date: 1922
  • Number of pages:
  • Author:
  • Publisher:

Ink rendering of female figure in fishtail-type strapless dress. Dress: fishtail-type strapless dress with ring of fur trim at him and embroidered decoration on skirt, plunging backline, three-strand pearl necklace, tiara, dangling bracelets. Upper left corner: doodle of female face.

Sew Many Dresses Sew Little Time

  • Filename: sew-many-dresses-sew-little-time.
  • ISBN: 9780770434953
  • Release Date: 2015-06-16
  • Number of pages: 208
  • Author: Tanya Whelan
  • Publisher: Potter Craft

With her "choose-your-own-adventure" approach to sewing, Tanya Whelan offers an invaluable collection of patterns that empowers sewers to become designers. The trick is a set of patterns for 6 skirts and 8 bodices that line up perfectly at the waist, plus an additional 4 sleeve styles and 4 necklines. Tanya gives readers clear instructions and easy-to-follow step-by-step diagrams that allow them to use the enclosed pattern pieces to create up to 219 fitted dresses, including simple strapless designs, sheaths, and halter gowns. The book covers basic dress construction and altering techniques for women of all shapes and sizes.

The Belly Art Project

  • Filename: the-belly-art-project.
  • ISBN: 9781250121370
  • Release Date: 2016-10-11
  • Number of pages: 200
  • Author: Sara Blakely
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press

The Belly Art Project is a celebration of one of humanity’s greatest gifts: motherhood! Created by Sara Blakely, the founder of Spanx and the Sara Blakely Foundation, this beautiful, happy book features photographs of over 100 women who came together and used unlikely canvases - their bellies - as billboards of hope. The Belly Art Project showcases moms-to-be with their bellies transformed into works of art--witty, eye-bending and beautifully art directed--all posed to benefit mothers in need. All kinds of mamas bellied up to the cause, from celebrities like Kate Winslet, mother of three, and Milla Jovovich, mother of two, to business leaders like Zanna Roberts Rassi, fashion editor and TV host, and Stacey Bendet, founder and CEO of fashion brand Alice and Olivia, to everyday women from all over the globe. With a complete how-to belly paint section so readers can paint themselves or their friends, The Belly Art Project is an inventive piece of design and a perfect baby shower present. 100% of the author's proceeds benefit Every Mother Counts.

I Am Madame X

  • Filename: i-am-madame-x.
  • ISBN: 9780743245661
  • Release Date: 2003-03-18
  • Number of pages: 272
  • Author: Gioia Diliberto
  • Publisher: Simon and Schuster

The life of Virginie Gautreau, the notorious beauty of Madame X, John Singer Sargent's most famous and scandalous portrait, provides inspiration for this absorbing and intriguing novel. Madame X caused an immediate furor when Sargent unveiled it at the 1884 Paris Salon. The subject's bold pose, provocative dress, and decadent pallor shocked the public, and the critics panned the picture, smashing Sargent's dream of a Paris career. The artist soon relocated to England, where he established himself as the favorite portrait painter of the wealthy. In this remarkable novel, Gioia Diliberto tells Virginie's story, drawing on the sketchy facts of Virginie's life to re-create her tempestuous personality and the captivating milieu of nineteenth-century Paris. Born in New Orleans to two of Louisiana's prominent Creole families and raised at Parlange, her grandmother's lush plantation, Virginie fled to France with her mother and sister during the Civil War. The family settled in Paris among other expatriate Southerners and hoped, through their French ancestry, to insinuate themselves into high society. They soon were absorbed into the fascinating and wealthy world of grand ballrooms, dressmakers' salons, luxurious country estates, and artists' ateliers. Because of Virginie's striking appearance and vivid character, her mother pinned the family's hopes for social acceptance on her daughter, who became a "professional beauty" and married a French banker. Even before Sargent painted her portrait, Virginie's reputation for promiscuity and showy self-display made her the subject of vicious Paris gossip. I Am Madame X is a compulsively readable immersion in Belle Epoque Paris. It is also the story of a great work of art, illuminating the struggle between Virginie and Sargent as they fought to control the outcome of a painting that changed their lives and affected the course of art history.

The Plays of David Hare

  • Filename: the-plays-of-david-hare.
  • ISBN: 0521427185
  • Release Date: 1995-03-09
  • Number of pages: 262
  • Author: Carol Homden
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This 1995 book examines the work of David Hare including screenplays and the plays he has written for the Royal National Theatre.

Sargent Portrait Drawings

  • Filename: sargent-portrait-drawings.
  • ISBN: 9780486133973
  • Release Date: 2012-03-07
  • Number of pages: 48
  • Author: John Singer Sargent
  • Publisher: Courier Corporation

A gallery of superb portraits in pencil, pastels, and charcoal. Virtuoso display of technical skill and intuitive eye of noted American portrait painter.

Rodin s Lover

  • Filename: rodin-s-lover.
  • ISBN: 9780698183087
  • Release Date: 2015-01-27
  • Number of pages: 320
  • Author: Heather Webb
  • Publisher: Penguin

A mesmerizing tale of art and passion in Belle Époque France As a woman, aspiring sculptor Camille Claudel has plenty of critics, especially her ultra-traditional mother. But when Auguste Rodin makes Camille his apprentice—and his muse—their passion inspires groundbreaking works. Yet, Camille’s success is overshadowed by her lover’s rising star, and her obsessions cross the line into madness. Rodin’s Lover brings to life the volatile love affair between one of the era’s greatest artists and a woman entwined in a tragic dilemma she cannot escape.

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