By  on September 16, 2008

When the CFDA came calling with a book deal about Geoffrey Beene, Kim Hastreiter went straight to it.

"Geoffrey Beene: An American Fashion Rebel" is a valentine of sorts to the late designer, who befriended the Paper magazine editor more than 20 years ago by writing a fan letter. Clearly, the feeling was mutual, judging from said fan letter, personal snapshots of the pair together, a heartfelt prologue and the poem Hastreiter wrote and read in honor of Beene's 1998 CFDA Lifetime Achievement Award — all of which are published in the book.

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