Victorine Lamothe

Victorine Lamothe - Editor

New York, NY, USA

Writer, editor, project manager, and French to English translator with 8 years of experience in illustrated books and narrative nonfiction.

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Overview

A creative writer, editor, project manager and French translator with 8+ years in the publishing industry, I help shape stories of all kinds, from illustrated books and narrative nonfiction to online editorial projects and social media.

As a Project Editor at Rizzoli International Publications, I manage and direct the content of photography, fashion, design, art, and travel books, guiding authors through every stage of the editorial process. I additionally provide copywriting and editing services to a diverse array of clients, including eBay, Harry Winston, Lloyd & Co., KiDS Creative, Moda Operandi, Ralph Lauren, Reed Krakoff and Moving Image + Content. My article writing has appeared in Interview, NYLON, Refinery29, BULLETT, and RL Magazine, among others.

I began my editorial career at the publishers Assouline and teNeues; highlights include project management and content creation for books with Coca-Cola, Bergdorf Goodman, Cipriani, Bruce Weber and Bulgari.

A New Orleans native, I attended Barnard College, Columbia University, and completed a B.A. in French and Francophone Studies. I am bilingual in French and an accomplished French to English translator.

I live in Manhattan with my two cats.
Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Antiques & Collectibles
Architecture
Art
Design
Fashion & Textiles
Home & Garden
Photography
Travel

Work experience

Project Editor

Rizzoli International Publications
August, 2015 – Present (over 4 years)

• Project edit illustrated and narrative nonfiction in the fashion, art, lifestyle and interior design categories, from concept development to bound book.
• Manage the company’s French Program: liaise between Paris and New York offices; present author proposals for review; develop seasonal publishing lists with Publisher and Editorial Director; work with French editors and authors on all aspects of editorial, design and production.
• Responsibilities include: project management, contract negotiation, budget development, editorial content direction, French to English translation, hiring freelancers, creation of marketing/publicity materials.
• Collaborate with book designers, freelance copy editors, proofreaders and translators, photo editors, production managers and sales/marketing teams.
• Select authors: Louis Vuitton, Dior, Schiaparelli, Hennessy, Chatsworth House, Architectural Digest France, Ryan Korban, Joseph Dirand, Pomellato, Chaumet, Raffles Hotels.

Associate Editor & Publicity Manager

teNeues Publishing Company
May, 2013 – December, 2014 (over 1 year)

• Edited illustrated books in the art, interior design, photography, fashion and travel categories.
• Managed the company's North American publicity outreach and social media channels.
• Responsibilities included: book proposal reviews, publishing list development, contract and licensing negotiations, project management, budgets, editorial content direction, line/copy editing manuscripts, creation of marketing/publicity materials.
• Collaborated with agents, book designers, freelance copy editors, proofreaders and translators, photo editors, production managers and sales/marketing teams.
• Select authors: Keith Haring Foundation, Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation, Jean-Michel Basquiat Estate, Elliott Erwitt, Martin Schoeller.

Associate Editor

Assouline Publishing
March, 2011 – May, 2013 (about 2 years)

• Edited illustrated books with authors including Coca-Cola, Julia Chaplin/Gypset, Bulgari and Bergdorf Goodman.
• Responsibilities included: project management, editorial content direction, hiring freelancers, top/line editing manuscripts, creation of marketing/publicity materials.
• October 2011–August 2012: Deputy Editor/Project Manager for RL Magazine, Ralph Lauren's online publication. Developed content, pitched story ideas, commissioned writers, managed photo research and organized translations into French, German and Japanese.

Writer, Editor & French Translator

Self-employed
January, 2011 – Present (almost 9 years)

• Provide writing and copywriting services for book proposals, manuscripts, social media, catalogs, marketing/press materials and online articles. Areas of interest include arts/culture, fashion, interior design and health.
• Edit illustrated and narrative nonfiction book projects, as well as editorial projects for digital platforms.
• Translate French texts into English; consult with French authors and brands on editorial projects for the U.S. market.
• Clients include: Harry Winston, Lloyd & Co., Moda Operandi, Ralph Lauren, Reed Krakoff, KiDS Creative, Interview, NYLON and Refinery29.

Services:
• Editorial concept ideation.
• Book proposal, outline and manuscript development.
• Conceptual, line and copy editing.
• Ghostwriting.
• Copywriting for tip sheets, press releases, social media, catalogs and book jackets.
• Book project management, from acquisition to publication.
• Editorial project management for digital and print platforms.
• French translation and consulting.

Portfolio (10 selected works)

Balenciaga: Winter 18

Demna Gvasalia

This first book from artistic director Demna Gvasalia offers an exclusive look into Balenciaga's Winter 18 ready-to-wear show, from fittings to the runway and beyond.Founded in 1917, Balenciaga has distinguished itself for designs of daring innovation, technical artistry, and pure forms. Artistic director Demna Gvasalia's take on its revolutionary shapes is synonymous with a groundbreaking, co... read more

This first book from artistic director Demna Gvasalia offers an exclusive look into Balenciaga's Winter 18 ready-to-wear show, from fittings to the runway and beyond.Founded in 1917, Balenciaga has distinguished itself for designs of daring innovation, technical artistry, and pure forms. Artistic director Demna Gvasalia's take on its revolutionary shapes is synonymous with a groundbreaking, co... read more

Women of Singular Beauty: Chanel Haute Couture

A spellbinding journey into the world of Chanel haute couture, captured by one of fashion's most acclaimed photographers. In exclusive shoots with the house of Chanel, photographer Cathleen Naundorf gained rare access to their haute couture collections--which entail thousands of hours of handwork, crafting, and embellishing. The result: a book of ethereal, cinematic photographs of gowns agains... read more

A spellbinding journey into the world of Chanel haute couture, captured by one of fashion's most acclaimed photographers. In exclusive shoots with the house of Chanel, photographer Cathleen Naundorf gained rare access to their haute couture collections--which entail thousands of hours of handwork, crafting, and embellishing. The result: a book of ethereal, cinematic photographs of gowns agains... read more

The Enchanted Tiara

Chaumet

The luxury French jeweler Chaumet offers an ode to the everlasting bond between a mother and daughter in this spellbinding carousel book.Celebrating the special relationship between a mother and daughter, this playful carousel pop-up presents a captivating modern fable for readers of all ages. This exceptional piece of bookmaking features 6 diaromas depicting a mother-daughter bond that blosso... read more

The luxury French jeweler Chaumet offers an ode to the everlasting bond between a mother and daughter in this spellbinding carousel book.Celebrating the special relationship between a mother and daughter, this playful carousel pop-up presents a captivating modern fable for readers of all ages. This exceptional piece of bookmaking features 6 diaromas depicting a mother-daughter bond that blosso... read more

Dior Images: Paolo Roversi

Paolo Roversi, Emanuele Coccia

A stunning visual tribute to Italian photographer Paolo Roversi’s celebrated images for the house of Dior.A fashion house beloved for designs evoking modern Parisian elegance. A photographer renowned for hauntingly delicate portraits. This definitive volume, Dior Images: Paolo Roversi, is an ode to their legendary rapport.Presenting photographs from British Vogue, Vogue Paris, and W, this tome... read more

A stunning visual tribute to Italian photographer Paolo Roversi’s celebrated images for the house of Dior.A fashion house beloved for designs evoking modern Parisian elegance. A photographer renowned for hauntingly delicate portraits. This definitive volume, Dior Images: Paolo Roversi, is an ode to their legendary rapport.Presenting photographs from British Vogue, Vogue Paris, and W, this tome... read more

Soirees, Sojourns, and Stories: By Raffles

Natasha Fraser-Cavassoni

One of the most revered names in luxury hospitality takes readers on an exhilarating journey throughout its world of timelessly sophisticated hotels.In this exquisite oversized volume, the prestigious Raffles hotel group explores the heritage, glamour, and intrigue behind its illustrious international properties. After opening its doors with its iconic Singapore hotel in 1887, the brand has br... read more

One of the most revered names in luxury hospitality takes readers on an exhilarating journey throughout its world of timelessly sophisticated hotels.In this exquisite oversized volume, the prestigious Raffles hotel group explores the heritage, glamour, and intrigue behind its illustrious international properties. After opening its doors with its iconic Singapore hotel in 1887, the brand has br... read more

Joseph Dirand: Interior

Joseph Dirand, Yann Sillec, Sarah Medford

The first monograph on one of today’s most celebrated architects, renowned for designing interiors that combine minimalism with classic French style. When describing a space that intertwines both minimalism and elegance, the name Joseph Dirand immediately comes to mind. The son of Jacques Dirand, one of the most renowned interior photographers of his time, Joseph Dirand is now one of the most ... read more

The first monograph on one of today’s most celebrated architects, renowned for designing interiors that combine minimalism with classic French style. When describing a space that intertwines both minimalism and elegance, the name Joseph Dirand immediately comes to mind. The son of Jacques Dirand, one of the most renowned interior photographers of his time, Joseph Dirand is now one of the most ... read more

Gypset Travel (Icons)

Julia Chaplin

Following her best-selling 2009 Assouline title, Gypset Style, travel writer Julia Chaplin explores the little-known enclaves of gypsy jet-setters around the world. From the Aeolian Islands in Italy to Lamu, Kenya; North Goa, India; and Jose Ignacio, Uruguay—Gypset Travel delves into the glamorous yet casual lifestyle of these bohemian wanderers through intimate photography and first-person an... read more

Following her best-selling 2009 Assouline title, Gypset Style, travel writer Julia Chaplin explores the little-known enclaves of gypsy jet-setters around the world. From the Aeolian Islands in Italy to Lamu, Kenya; North Goa, India; and Jose Ignacio, Uruguay—Gypset Travel delves into the glamorous yet casual lifestyle of these bohemian wanderers through intimate photography and first-person an... read more

Portraits

Building on the success of his previous titles, Close Up and Identical, Martin Schoeller's momentous Portraits is cause for celebration. The illustrious photographer's full range of expression is on display in this unprecedented gathering of editorial images. With an impressive amount of variety and scale, Schoeller shares his signature compositional imagination alongside the wry wit that anim... read more

Building on the success of his previous titles, Close Up and Identical, Martin Schoeller's momentous Portraits is cause for celebration. The illustrious photographer's full range of expression is on display in this unprecedented gathering of editorial images. With an impressive amount of variety and scale, Schoeller shares his signature compositional imagination alongside the wry wit that anim... read more

House Style: Five Centuries of Fashion at Chatsworth

Kimberly Chrisman-Campbell, Charlotte Mosley

Chatsworth has been home to the Cavendish family and the hereditary dukes of Devonshire since the original Elizabethan house was built on the site purchased by Sir William Cavendish in 1549. A famous historic house in England, Chatsworth is renowned as much for its fashionable history—its majestic dresses and tiaras, its magnificent lace and splendid uniforms—as its unrivaled collection of art... read more

Chatsworth has been home to the Cavendish family and the hereditary dukes of Devonshire since the original Elizabethan house was built on the site purchased by Sir William Cavendish in 1549. A famous historic house in England, Chatsworth is renowned as much for its fashionable history—its majestic dresses and tiaras, its magnificent lace and splendid uniforms—as its unrivaled collection of art... read more

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