Butterfly on a pin : a memoir of love, loss and reinvention / Alannah Hill.

By: Hill, Alannah [author.]Material type: TextTextPublisher: South Yarra : Hardie Grant Books, 2018Copyright date: ©2018Description: 325 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : colour illustrations, colour portraits ; 24 cmContent type: text | still image Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781743794258 :Subject(s): Hill, Alannah | Hill, Alanna | Women fashion designers -- Australia -- Biography | Businesswomen -- Australia -- Biography | Autobiographies | Biography: general | Fashion designers -- Australia -- Tasmania -- Biography | Fashion -- Australia -- Biography | Fashion designers -- Tasmania -- Biography | Fashion designers -- Australia -- Biography | AustralianGenre/Form: Autobiographies. | Autobiographies. | Autobiographies DDC classification: 746.92092 Summary: One of five children from humble beginnings in rural Tasmania, Alannah Hill grew up with fear and chaos her constant companions. She left home a teenager, her mother's critical voice embedded in her brain, and began to reinvent herself amid the bright lights of Melbourne. Melbourne was a place where anything and everything felt possible, where a freckle-faced nobody from Tasmania could dream of becoming a fashion designer. Alannah fell in love, and then couldn't fall out of love; she teased her hair to cover her fear, and travelled to Tokyo, Paris, New York and London as her career started to take off. She acted in the cult movie Dogs in Space, and built a fashion empire with her iconic brand, Alannah Hill. At the height of her success she also became a mother, living an incredible dream. But it slowly began to unravel, stitch by carefully crafted stitch. After leaving her eponymous label and coping with a cancer scare, Alannah found herself down a dimly lit path, asking all the wrong questions. What right did she have to be successful? To be a mother? To be happy? After the death of her mother, Alannah knew it was time to call a truce with the past. Serious reinvention was required once again, and she armoured herself to revisit a past she'd buried decades earlier. One of Australia's most successful fashion designers, Alannah Hill bares her soul in this brilliant memoir. Hilarious and heartbreaking, Butterfly on a Pin is not only the story of her (potholed) road to success, but a fiercely intelligent and funny tale of overcoming adversity and daring to dream. With insight and honesty, Alannah reminds us that what doesn't kill us doesn't necessarily make us stronger.
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One of five children from humble beginnings in rural Tasmania, Alannah Hill grew up with fear and chaos her constant companions. She left home a teenager, her mother's critical voice embedded in her brain, and began to reinvent herself amid the bright lights of Melbourne. Melbourne was a place where anything and everything felt possible, where a freckle-faced nobody from Tasmania could dream of becoming a fashion designer. Alannah fell in love, and then couldn't fall out of love; she teased her hair to cover her fear, and travelled to Tokyo, Paris, New York and London as her career started to take off. She acted in the cult movie Dogs in Space, and built a fashion empire with her iconic brand, Alannah Hill. At the height of her success she also became a mother, living an incredible dream. But it slowly began to unravel, stitch by carefully crafted stitch. After leaving her eponymous label and coping with a cancer scare, Alannah found herself down a dimly lit path, asking all the wrong questions. What right did she have to be successful? To be a mother? To be happy? After the death of her mother, Alannah knew it was time to call a truce with the past. Serious reinvention was required once again, and she armoured herself to revisit a past she'd buried decades earlier. One of Australia's most successful fashion designers, Alannah Hill bares her soul in this brilliant memoir. Hilarious and heartbreaking, Butterfly on a Pin is not only the story of her (potholed) road to success, but a fiercely intelligent and funny tale of overcoming adversity and daring to dream. With insight and honesty, Alannah reminds us that what doesn't kill us doesn't necessarily make us stronger.

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