Unzipped: Chronicles of a Fashion Fit Model

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MEMOIR

1980s & '90s

Darlene Parris Young

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During the apex of New York City’s Garment District, while the crime families battle for business, a fashion fit model, enduring trauma and abuse, reaches the pinnacle of her profession while struggling in her search for love and happiness.

Genre

Memoir

Short Summary

I was pressing his pants when I noticed the milk stain. How in god’s name did he spill milk on the front of his pants when he doesn’t even like milk, I wondered. My neurotic husband couldn’t even be persuaded to eat vanilla ice cream, much less anything else that was white. Nonetheless...


And I still take the train into the city every now and then to fit a garment when my agent calls. I guess those calls will keep on coming, just as long as I don’t gain or lose an inch—and keep my ass padded for good measure—just in case I land on it yet again!

Setting

New York City

Based on a True Story

Yes

Plot - Premise

Internal Journey/Rebirth,Rags to Riches,Overcoming Monster/Villain

Plot - Other Elements

Other

Mature Audience Themes

Sexual Abuse

Main Character Details

Name: Darlene Parris Young

Age: 40

Gender: Female

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Aspiring,Adventurous,Uneducated,Confident,Complex,Patriotic,Decisive,Selfless,Empathetic,Outspoken,Visionary,Honorable,Strong Moral Code,Naive,Unapologetic

Additional Character Details

Name: Darlene Parris Young

Age: 45

Gender: Female

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Adventurous,Aspiring,Charming,Confident,Patriotic,Decisive,Selfless,Empathetic,Outspoken,Visionary,Heroic,Honorable,Strong Moral Code,Leader,Naive

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Development Pitch

From the Garment District’s fashionable 34th Street address in New York City, to the sewer infested manufacturing sweatshops of Asia, the author recalls almost 50 years of professional achievement, counterbalanced by personal trauma at the hands of the men she trusted. For nearly half a century, Darlene Parris Young had a successful career in the modeling industry, gracing the covers of magazines and walking the runways. It was the glamour days of New York City’s Garment District, where the crime families battled for business; $20,000 fur coats and designer dresses traveled the streets on racks, propelled by the garmento’s trustees and, at the same time, buyers from the national department store chains were writing orders, crafted over champagne, cigars and beautiful models in the showroom. It is during these glory years of Chanel, Ralph Lauren, Diane von Furstenberg and Gloria Vanderbilt, that this penetrating look into New York’s fashion industry is seen through the eyes of the little known, but highly paid, “fashion fit model” – the behind the scenes living mannequin who used her body as a template for the designers’ fashions. Constantly in demand, working ten to twelve hours per day, Darlene became known as “The Coat Hanger with a Mouth” for her outspoken interactions with designers, explaining to these fashion “icons” what women truly wanted in clothes, with the result of increasing the “bosses’” revenue for whom she worked, year after year. Yet, Darlene would return

About The Author

For nearly half a century, Darlene Parris Young had a successful career in the modeling industry, gracing the covers of magazines and walking the runways of New York City’s garment district, as the crime families battled for business. What began as an escape from an abusive WWII hero-father and, later, an abusive husband, Darlene became a celebrated “fit model”, working for top designers including Diane von Furstenberg, Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein, Gloria Vanderbilt and Coco Chanel. Behind the glamour at home, however, it was a different story as Darlene endured a series of abusive husbands and a brutal attack. After a spiritual awakening and a near death experience (NDE) at sea, Darlene realized that her journey to heal from abuse was not so unlike her father's unsuccessfully quest to heal from the wounds of war. Speaking for all women who have been told what to wear; what to say; what to believe and how to act, Darlene decided to write her memoir to offer hope and encouragement for those women on the road seeking a voice.

Target Audiences

Age: 18-34,35-54,55+

Target Gender: Female Leaning

Group Specific

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Publishing Details

Status: Yes: self-published

Publisher: Amazon KDP

Year Published: 2020

Hard Copy Available

No

ISBN

9781734798005