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Laird Borrelli-Persson is the senior features editor at Style.com, the online home of Vogue and W magazines. She co-authored Bags: A Lexicon of Style With Valerie Steele, and has published four other titles: Fashion Illustration Now, Fashion Illustration Next, Net Mode: Web Fashion Now, and, most recently, Fashion Drawings by Fashion Designers.
Excerpted from The Cocktail Dress by Laird Borelli-Persson © 2009. With permission from the publisher, Collins Design, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers.