Behind the Seams: 40 Years of Adventures in Fashion, Music & Art,
from the Swingin’ Sixties Onwards
Don’t miss this exciting read. You won’t be disappointed!
INSPIRING! IDEA DRIVEN!
BEHIND THE SEAMS is a hybrid: a business book/biography with engaging stories from the trenches. Twenty-three absorbing chapters will have readers discovering tips for starting and running a business. Dos, don’ts, should-haves and might-haves are all covered as you journey with Marilyn through the fluctuations and unpredictability of retailing, so elusive in the fashion biz.
Filled with whimsical illustrations and rare historical photographs, you will enjoy 40 years of adventures in retail, fashion, fantasy and music. Each chapter includes revealing anecdotes that showcase Marilyn’s adventures in starting and ending companies and introduces the reader to personalities and humorous escapades, some of which will leave you in “stitches”.
Also included is “Marilyn’s Maxims”, offering advice at the end of each chapter from a successful entrepreneur who’s been there, done that: pointers for others to follow.
Delivered in an easygoing, conversational manner, as shared with writer Peter Jennings. The combination of anecdotes and advice presents the reader with warm wit and wisdom, revelations within the confessions, and sage counsel from the insights.
This autobiography of Marilyn Brooks’ “Forty years of adventures in retail, fashion, fantasy and music” is a fascinating and lively chronicle that charts her adventures, determination, enthusiasm, crushing disappointments and fantastic successes in the ever-changing ups and downs of hems, waistline and colour schemes.
– ALEXANDRA PALMER, NORA E. VAUGHAN SENIOR CURATOR, ROYAL ONTARIO MUSEUM
Marilyn Brooks is a fashion adventurer extraordinaire. She brings fun and fearlessness to fashion exploration.
– MARYLOU LUTHER, INTERNATIONAL FASHION SYNDICATE, FASHION GROUP, NYC
I lapped up Marilyn’s engaging memoirs, written with great charm and candor. Her new book provides a perfect style history lesson for those with a penchant for ‘60s and ‘70s pop nostalgia, and offers valuable insights into what it took to make it as both a brand and a business at a time when the world was changing in such revolutionary new ways. Her colourful stories are rife with drama and daring, and serve as a sweet style ticket back to a time of innocence and idealism—a period of pop culture that helped define who we became.
– JEANNE BEKER
Marilyn’s joie de vivre really came through in her designs. She never took herself, or her clothes, too seriously, which is one of the reasons she made a name for herself very quickly. But that’s not to say she didn’t work hard. Marilyn was always a dream to interview, very articulate, funny and quotable. She is a magnetic personality and her enthusiasm is infectious. She is her own best PR person.
– BERNADETTE MORRA, EDITOR-IN-CHIEF, FASHION MAGAZINE
Toronto would have been a far, far tamer place without her.
– JOYCE CARTER, GLOBE & MAIL
Every time you think you’ve written enough about Marilyn Brooks she does something to make you write more.
– KAREN HALL, WINDSOR STAR
- Paperback: 382 pages
- Publisher: Marilyn Brooks (September 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-13: 978-0-9959018-0-3
- Product Dimensions: 21.5 x 27.8 x 2.2 cm
- Shipping Weight: 1607 g