The Dressmaker

The Dressmaker

Book - 2006
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Monsieur Claude Reynaud is known throughout France for his talent for making fabulous clothes. The most elegant women in Paris regularly make the pilgrimage to the cobbled village of Senlis to be charmed by the tailor in the cluttered studio by the century-old apple tree. Claude can take a measurement at a glance, stores everything in his head, and fashions each dress by hand. And, despite his ex-wife's protests, he refuses to be lured by the promise of the Parisian fashion industry. He is too old change and certainly too old to fall in love: his only passion is his studio. Then one afternoon, in a cloud of spring blossom, Mademoiselle Valentine de Verlay arrives on Claude's doorstep. She commissions him to create her wedding dress.
Publisher: Hutchinson, 2006
ISBN: 9780091796938
Branch Call Number: AF OBER

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GLNovak
Sep 13, 2012

This story, basically an unrequited love story, is taken to a higher level through the author's lovely descriptions of outfits worn by the characters. They are woven into the narrative very nicely and done in such a way that you can see them in your mind's eye. The dressmaker is infatuated with his client and quietly, carefully plans his pursuit - slow and measured but full of restrained emotion. Will she choose him with his adoring love, or will she stay with her husband? As a side story, the relationship between the dressmaker and his own family is one of deep love and respect. I enjoyed that aspect almost as much as the main story line.

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