May 9th, 2015

My Paris Dream

Kate Betts

When Kate Betts came to Vogue in the early ’90s, Anna Wintour tucked her into a tiny office next to mine and asked me to welcome the new fashion writer. Kate had just come from Paris where she had been the associate bureau chief at the fashion industry bible, WWD. Smart and pithy, the ambitious new editor and I did not, despite our close proximity, become good friends until years later when I went to work with her at Harper’s Bazaar, where she was the editor-in-chief. The brief stint with Kate at Bazaar was the happiest time of my magazine career.

Paris in the late ’80s-early ’90s was the epicenter of the fashion world. I went often to scout models and buy Azzedine Alaia pieces from Azzedine himself. After reading her new memoir, My Paris Dream, I now realize that Kate had been at the forefront of all the seismic changes that were taking place in the industry at that magical moment in fashion history. It was a time that “saw a changing of the guard—from Yves Saint Laurent and legendary Paris couturiers to the explosion of street style that gave rise to a new generation of talent: Martin Margiela, Helmut Lang, John Galliano, and Christian Louboutin, and from fashion as an industry steeped in tradition and craftsmanship into big business.”

A poignant coming-of-age tale, in My Paris Dream Kate shares why she was so determined to live in Paris post graduation, her apprenticeship at WWD to the fashion arbiters of the day and, most importantly, how she became one herself.


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  • Look forward to reading it- sounds great

    MelanieMay 9th, 2015  8:04 AM

  • Thank you for pointing this book out to your readers. After I read it, I will encourage my daughter to as well. Sometimes one needs to hear how others persevered to know you need tenacity in following your dreams and doing something you really love!

    EllenMay 9th, 2015  8:57 AM

  • Thank you for recommending this book. Always looking for a good read with an inside look at the fashion industry.

    Jill AnthonyMay 9th, 2015  10:34 AM

  • I am going to order this right now!!!

    Claude RemainsMay 9th, 2015  3:06 PM

  • This book sounds like a wonderful trip down memory lane and a chance to relive two of the best decades in history. Freedom and security inspires creativity, encourages risk-taking, and results in financial growth, which raises everyone up. Sadly, we are experiencing the opposite now, and young adults have come to think this is ‘normal.’ It’s stifling. How wonderful to have experienced your industry at such a promising time!

    PaulaMay 9th, 2015  10:44 PM

  • a terrific review and I’ll definitely be ordering it.

    KathyMay 10th, 2015  9:01 AM

  • Looks great! Very similar cover to the Melissa Rivers book

    zoeMay 11th, 2015  4:28 PM

  • Thank you so much for sharing! She came to Darien CT today and I snuck out of work ~ largely based on your blog ~ to meet her and buy her book. She gave a lovely, articulate, fascinating talk and graciously answered so many questions. I can’t wait to read it. Thanks for posting!!!

    ErikaMay 14th, 2015  1:47 PM


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