Book Talk: New book lifts veil on fashion designer Balenciaga

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Handout of Blume, author of new book "the Master of Us All"NEW YORK (Reuters) – When author Mary Blume moved from New York to Paris in the early 1960's, a friend introduced her to Florette Chelot, the top saleswoman for fashion designer Cristobal Balenciaga. The friendship that developed with Chelot was the initial impetus for Blume's new book, "The Master of Us All," which borrows its title from designer Christian Dior's description of Balenciaga. The Spanish-born designer, who was one of the world's top couturiers for decades, opened shop in Paris in 1936. …