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04 October 2009

Mrs. O: The Face of Fashion Democracy: A Book Review


Title: Mrs. O: The Face of Fashion Democracy
Author: Mary Tomer
Publisher: Center Street
Publishing Date: October 28, 2009
Hardcover: 248 pages
ISBN: 9781599952581
Genre: Social Science

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Book Description from the Publisher's Website:

Celebrated for her style and substance, Michelle Obama has transformed the role of first lady and become a 21st century icon, attracting attention from all over the world. The qualities so admired in her - intelligence, strength and charisma - radiate through her personal style, which has united accessibility with high-wattage glamour. The clothes, like the woman, feel both familiar and inspirational. Readily mixing high-end labels with more affordable brands, with a focus on craftsmanship and artistry, Mrs. O has elevated the notion of real value and ushered in a new era of "fashion democracy".

Building on the success of Mrs-O.org - the Web site that chronicles Michelle Obama's style - MRS. O: THE FACE OF FASHION DEMOCRACY takes a closer look at America's modern style icon, featuring more than 120 photographs of the first lady and delving into the back story of her clothes and accessories. It also goes behind the scenes with interviews from her favorite designers, including Isabel Toledo, Jason Wu, Michael Kors, Maria Pinto and Isaac Mizrahi.

Opening with a brief overview of Michelle Obama's early years, the book goes on to provide rarely seen photos from behind-the-scenes on the presidential primary trail through the 2008 Democratic National Convention, the monumental events of election night, the inauguration and early chapters of life in the White House. The final chapter hears the opinions of Mrs. O's adoring fans - giving the last word to the people.

Original photographs of Michelle Obama's most iconic looks, along with commentary from fashion experts, top off this tactile visual feast. Woven together with sketches and illustration inspired by the first lady, the book reveals the story of a new era of American fashion.

My review:
I admit to being a little apprehensive about reviewing this book, since I lack a sense of fashion. I have never desired to be fashionable. Yet, having a background in political science and naturally enjoying learning about new topics I decided I would take a look at this book. I am glad I did. Mrs. O: The Face of Fashion Democracy by Mary Tomer is a beautifully crafted and well-put together book filled with information about Michelle Obama as well as interviews with top designers and fans. The array of stunning photographs completes this beautiful book. I would not hesitate to recommend this book to anyone who loves fashion, has an interest in history, or is just curious about our current first lady, Michelle Obama, and the fashion trends surrounding her.

About the Author:
Mary Tomer is the founder and contributing editor of Mrs-O.org. In the summer of 2008, captivated by Michelle Obama's arrival on the national stage, Mary realized the future first lady had the makings of a style icon - the genesis of Mrs-O.org. The site launched in September 2008, and has quickly grown to attract more than 2 million site visits, with traffic from 221 countries and territories. Mary has appeared on the Today Show, MSNBC, Access Hollywood and BBC Radio, speaking as an authority on the first lady's style.

I would like to thank Hachette for allowing me to review this book.

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1 comment:

susan said...

Jennifer,
My children have threatened to submit my name for that makeover show. lol

Like you, I enjoyed the book despite my lack of fashion sense. I'm very impressed with our First Lady's sense of self and that is also evident in how she dresses.