1940: As the Germans advance upon Paris, young seamstress Estella Bissette is forced to flee everything she's ever known. She's bound for New York City with her signature gold dress, a few francs, and a dream: to make her mark on the world of fashion. Present day: Fabienne Bissette journeys to the Met's annual gala for an exhibit featuring the work of her ailing grandmother - a legend of women's fashion design. But as Fabienne begins to learn more about her beloved grandmother's past, she uncovers a story of tragedy, heartbreak and family secrets that will dramatically change her own life.
Book club in a bag.
Fashion designers -- Fiction.
French -- United States -- Fiction.
Manhattan (New York, N.Y.) -- Social conditions -- 20th century -- Fiction.
Women dressmakers -- Fiction.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Fiction.
Young women -- New York (State) -- New York -- Fiction.