The memoirs of a great personality in the fashion world offer nostalgia and glamour. Carmel Snow, thanks to her enterprising Irish mother (who became a successful New York business woman in the world of haute couture), grew up among the cultural elite. Buying trips to Paris in the 1920s with her mother led to a position on Vogue. She pays explicit tribute to Conde Nast, who started her training, and who never spoke to her again, when she left Vogue to make a rival of Harper's Bazaar, which became a Mecca for young society women and the personal expression of Carmel Snow. From Chanel to Jimmie Galanos (and back again to Chanel!) four decades of fashion greats are treated with the enthusiasm of a fabulous editor. Her late marriage to Palen Snow, a wealthy sportsman, and the raising of three daughters, seems to have been done off the side of her desk. This blue-haired, slightly-built, husky-voiced minx with the personality power of a Bernhardt on stage records here a life filled with the most interesting people, the biggest money, the fads and fun of the period before this one. Innocence and drive culminated more often than not in respect and affection in a world few will dominate the way she did. Taped just before her death last year, and edited and partially ghosted by Mary Louise Aswell, this has run serially in the Ladies' Home Journal and the Philadelphia Inquirer.