Thanks to Dana’s recommendation, I picked up Amy Odell’s “Tales from the Back Row”. In Tales from the Back Row: An Outsider’s View from Inside the Fashion Industry the author shares personal anecdotes from her experience working as a professional fashion writer beginning at The Cut. Amy Odell’s writing style is authentic and relatable. I honestly felt like I was reading one big long text message from my best friend (if my best friend were a top fashion writer). Amy shares her early insecurities working as a “regular girl” in fashion. While I do think Amy overplayed her lack of fashion knowledge and inability to dress herself, I found her humbleness endearing.
Initially I expected “Tales from the Back Row” to read similarly to “Leave Your Mark” since both were personal accounts from the fashion industry. Unlike “Leave Your Mark”, Odell’s tale is focused on her own experiences rather than attempting to guide readers through working in fashion. Of course the book gives readers insight into the industry but the purpose is largely for entertainment rather than career building. It was fun to hear about Odell’s personal experiences with celebrities like Anna Wintour Rachel Zoe, Sarah Jessica Parker and Adriana Lima.
I was especially interested in Amy Odell’s insight as someone who is striving to work in fashion but I think the book would be enjoyable to fashion (or celebrity) lovers from any industry. At only 240 pages it is a very quick read…in fact, I sat down and read it in just two sittings. Don’t worry about a slow start, this book is entrancing from page one!
If you’ve read “Tales from the Back Row” I would love to know what you thought. I really enjoy reading books about working in the fashion industry, if you have any other fashion book recommendations PLEASE send them my way. In the meantime, if you haven’t read “Tales from the Back Row” be sure to grab is ASAP. It’s requires summer reading for all of the fashionistas out there!