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She ruled an empire of elegance. Louise Vemet. Raised in the slums of Paris. Coming of age around the splendor and corruption of the Second Empire. She ruled the world of fashion, clothing the most fabled women of title and of pleasure in a society where even sin had to have style. She took as her lover a nobleman she could never wed -- and gave a name to their child by enShe ruled an empire of elegance. Louise Vemet. Raised in the slums of Paris. Coming of age around the splendor and corruption of the Second Empire. She ruled the world of fashion, clothing the most fabled women of title and of pleasure in a society where even sin had to have style. She took as her lover a nobleman she could never wed -- and gave a name to their child by entering into a passionless marriage. Sweeping from the Paris of Louis Napoleon to the England of Queen Victoria... and from the depths of despair to the heights of joy and fulfillment... this is the unforgettable saga of a woman of daring and destiny -- and the dazzling world of French haute couture she helped create.......

Title : Banners of Silk
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ISBN : 9780451115454
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 500 Pages
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Banners of Silk Reviews

  • BBBTerri
    2019-03-10 23:57

    I love this book and I've read it at least 3 times! Set in post Napoleon era around 1850 in Paris, Laker gives a vivid view of Paris life, society, and Parisian couture. I would classify this book as a historical romance epic novel. The fictional character,Louise Vernet is an impoverished dress designer. The story captures your heart as she attempts to survive and find love. Charles Fredrick Worth and the House of Worth was real and his grandson helped the author get the facts straight in this book about the famous courturier.

  • Dawn (& Ron)
    2019-03-09 21:03

    Here is the other Laker book I recently got from PBS swap, the other being Gilded Splendour. This cover looks no better in person, whoever thought putting black on a shiny gold background was a good idea, evidently didn't consider that people might want to actually see or read the cover.

  • Phair
    2019-03-16 21:41

    What's not to love- historic costume, a young woman making her way in the world & succeeding. I think this was my first Laker book but I soon devoured the library's stock. None ever topped this one, probably because the occupations/themes in the other books were not as fascinating to me as the fashion/historic costume stuff. I have a copy of this in my personal collection...really must re-read.

  • Bess
    2019-03-06 23:07

    I'm giving this 4 stars not because it is some great work of literature but it IS an entertaining, historical fiction novel that made for some GREAT summer reading!

  • Robynn
    2019-03-06 21:59

    I found this book in my grandmother's library. I first read it in my early 30's and loved it. I pulled it out to see if it survived the test of time. What I enjoy most in the story is the clothing (weird how clothing fascinates me in reading or movies yet so little in real life). So much I didn't remember correctly. I still really like it, but this time around I had a harder time reading about Louise's harder times. Seems I'm getting soft-hearted in my old age. Did make me wonder how much is real and how much is fiction. The fashion, at least, seems to be real.

  • Ursula
    2019-02-28 23:43

    A sweeping tale of a child starting with nothing determinedly using her talents and energy to forge her own atistic and commercial success. This is a huge story set in European capitals during the greatest days of hand-stitched haute couture. It is packed with period detail of dress design, fashion, working practices and home life. Our heroine is unlucky in love and you will be waiting for her to be swept off her feet in the best tradition of independent romantic heroines. Hugely enjoyable.

  • mari dewitt
    2019-03-14 00:47

    Enjoyed the story about the fashion world and the house of worth.

  • Kriss
    2019-02-21 20:42

    I will start by saying that I stopped reading seriously around the 20% mark and that I skimmed the rest, so there are things I’m missing and it’s why my review is so short, but I’ll explain my reason for skimming so much of the book and why the rating ended up so low. I’ll admit that I might have more to say had I trudged on, but this nearly 500 page book made me feel so weary so early on that I couldn’t be bothered to drag my feet through more than 200 pages.This is presented as a romance and, frankly, it never really is. I mean there’s some sex or flirting or yearning that might technically qualify as things that you typically find in a romance, but it was otherwise so lacking in feeling and connection that I never felt like this was about love. If anything, this book is a melodrama about unrequited love and hardships in the 19th century world with a heavy focus on the fashion industry. I never felt any real sense of romance or love; just angst and regret and stuff like that. There’s no true connections or satisfaction with the way the plot projects or how the relationships between the characters change with time. The characters were pretty well written and there’s no doubt that the author is well informed on the historical facts surrounding the Victorian and 19th century French worlds, but if I had wanted to read something purely in the historical fiction or even non-fiction historical genres, I wouldn’t have looked for a romance.The author’s writing skills aren’t bad, in fact I think her handle on language is pretty good, but again, the big flaw is that this doesn’t fit into its supposed genre well. It’s not a satisfying read if you’re after a standalone romance; the focus is to be on love and growing that relationship, but this one wants to include so much about the fashion industry and all this drama surrounding the three men in Louise’s life that this would perform better as a glimpse into the reality that often 19th century women didn’t find true love or have the happiest of endings. I feel a bit cheated; had this been categorized differently, I would have raised my rating. If the author were to have made more of the focus be on Louise finding love with her friend Will, this could have been a very sweet journey about realizing what you truly want and need and healing from past heartbreaks and illusions (like Marianne Dashwood having her heart break over Willoughby by finding a superior love in Colonel Brandon), but instead it was just a long soap opera that made me feel weary and lost my interest very quickly.The reason I skimmed was to catch an idea of what was to come (which usually revitalizes my desire to read if I hit a slow spot) but skimming in this book just really sank that ship because I kept finding things that just weren’t doing it for me. In another pair of hands, this book might perform better, but I have some pretty basic criteria for a romance that this book just never fails to meet and often just downright disregarded. So for me, I’d give the overall story a 1. But I bestow 2 stars because there were a lot of good things like the historical accuracy and writing.I can’t go into specifics about the good/bad outside of this because, as I said, I skimmed most of this book, so take that into consideration when reading my review. I wasn’t impressed enough with 200 pages to continue and found nothing in the next ~300 to justify returning to where I’d left off and reading the rest of the book properly without skimming.I received a copy for free, but it in no way affects my review*

  • Evelyn
    2019-03-16 17:57

    I must admit that the world of fashion is not a world I follow or have any interest in. However, I was enthralled with the world of fashion in this story. I did look up Charles Worth on Wikipedia and was happy to see that most of his struggles and innovations recorded there found their way into the story. So many firsts in the industry came from this man, whose vision changed the fashion of the day. That said, I am super glad that neither hoop skirts nor bustles have ever existed in my lifetime!The role of the woman, her inability to own property, her classification as a chattel owned by her husband, her lack of human rights - parts of this story made me burn with indignation. The characters in this story are compassionate, visionary, driven to succeed, with the occasional rogue tossed in for good measure. Rosalind Laker wrote characters I could connect with on an emotional level. I wanted the story to continue on as I was not yet ready to say goodbye to them.

  • Julie Barrett
    2019-03-10 20:52

    Banners of Silk by Roslind LakerVery long audio book but worth it. What attracted me to this book is the silk. Figured it would be design work and I was right.During Paris civil war and after a woman is befriended and gets a job at a couture house helping with the sewing. She meets many people that come in and out of her and her families life over the years. Love hearing of all the work and how it was accomplished being that I am a knit and crochet designer, loved the background story and learned so much.Lots of travel and move in this book.I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

  • Amanda R
    2019-03-19 21:02

    Trashy good fun! And not even all that trashy, really. It's about a young seamstress and several other pioneers in Parisian fashion (including Charles Worth, who was a real guy) and all the attendant Parisian drama. Everyday fashion is not really one of my interests - as evidenced by the fact that I wear sweatpants whenever I can get away with it and sometimes when I can't - but haute couture is beautiful and I really enjoyed reading about the construction of the fancy dresses and how the fashions evolved. Very glad I tracked it down for a re-read!

  • Susan Chapek
    2019-03-16 16:42

    Enthralled by the rags-to-riches story, the historical details, and the fashion story--in fact, enthralled by perhaps the first two-thirds of the book, and have read some of those chapters more than once. I found the later chapters and especially the working out of the romance elements tiresome. But I would definitely recommend that anybody who likes a more literary historical (with strong romance elements) to sample this book. I'll bet you get swept into it. The fashion history alone makes it worth the read--detailed and delicious.

  • Lori
    2019-03-03 19:02

    I read this for a History of Fashion class during a time when I inhaled historical romances...needless to say this book wasn't a chore to read and I aced the course!That said - and as others here have reviewed - what's not to like about a romance novel with an engaging and likable heroine trying to make it in the fashion world of Paris in the mid 19th century? The couturier Frederick Worth is her BBF for goodness sake! Not great literature but if you're a fashion history geek you'll love it.

  • Lee Yahnker
    2019-03-05 20:39

    I enjoyed the historical fiction in this book. However, the story rambled on a bit.

  • Kristie
    2019-02-27 22:50

    I absolutly loved this engrossing book, I could imagine everything in my minds eye with the beautiful descriptive writing.

  • Lella52
    2019-03-12 23:43

    Romanzo ambientato nell''800 che narra la storia di una sartina che finisce per diventare famosa accanto al leggendario Charles Worth. Un bel libro romantico, una storia di riscatto.

  • Lorraine
    2019-03-04 21:06

    About a fashion designer, Worth, in France.

  • Mariebell
    2019-03-17 17:49

    Fasion in the past cenrury and forbidden love. A wonderfull story that takes us to the past and shows us how hard it was to get your dream up there in the sky.

  • Anne Domingo
    2019-02-22 19:40

    I've acquired this book when I was younger and, I kept re reading it. it never failed to spark my interest. in fact, I am reading it again right now.

  • Heidi
    2019-03-06 22:55

    Fashion, sex, war, what's not to like? I have a very clear grade school memory of getting caught reading this in class, wrapped in the book cover of my english textbook. Heh. :)