A Privileged Life: Celebrating Wasp Style

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At once glamorous and intriguing, the WASP lifestyle has influenced countless trends. Today, one no longer has to be a WASP to embrace its casual-yet-elegant sense of style. A Privileged Life is the first book of its kind to unveil this rarefied way of life, one that many emulate though few truly understand. From the popular pink-and-green color combination of preppy chic to iconic photographs of the style makers who embody the WASP spirit, this book celebrates our timeless fascination with America's leisure ...
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Overview

At once glamorous and intriguing, the WASP lifestyle has influenced countless trends. Today, one no longer has to be a WASP to embrace its casual-yet-elegant sense of style. A Privileged Life is the first book of its kind to unveil this rarefied way of life, one that many emulate though few truly understand. From the popular pink-and-green color combination of preppy chic to iconic photographs of the style makers who embody the WASP spirit, this book celebrates our timeless fascination with America's leisure class.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9782759401260
  • Publisher: Assouline
  • Publication date: 6/28/2007
  • Pages: 170
  • Sales rank: 345,515
  • Product dimensions: 7.68 (w) x 10.94 (h) x 0.92 (d)

Table of Contents


Foreword     9
Introduction     13
Icons     21
Lifestyle     47
Ivy League     75
Fashion     103
Homes     145
Acknowledgments and Copyrights     176
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 15, 2007

    A KINDER, GENTLER WAY OF LIFE

    Those were the days.... Yes, those were really the days for author Susanna Salk who with A Privileged Life extols the WASP style (sometimes called 'preppy') Instead of celebrating it by focusing on wealth or position, Ms. Salk speaks of WASP style as not having anything to do with religion or money but rather as a time she remembers when there was something 'profoundly comforting' in the 'infinite consistency' of where she grew up. This constant was defined not only by the style of clothing worn but what was done and spoken, where they lived, how they played or entertained, and even what they ate. Perhaps WASP style is most easily defined in the Foreword penned by Steven Stolman, a self described 'nice Jewish boy from West Hartford, Connecticut.' He describes it as a sensibility, a conservative ethic, 'which was simply the way pretty much everyone dressed and conducted themselves in a traditional New England suburb.' As well, I might add in many other suburbs including several in Michigan, Illinois, and other states. Chapters are devoted to Wasp icons, lifestyle, Ivy League schools, fashion and homes. Each of the 150 beautiful photos (many full-page) is accompanied by a brief explanatory text. Some of these pictures feature Salk's family, others are film stills that exemplify the Wasp style, and many are of those we think of as personifying this style in their lives - Babe Paley, C. Z. Guest, John Cheever, Jackie Kennedy, and many more. It goes without saying that WASP style has launched many of today's fashion trends (Ralph Lauren, J. Crew) and still bespeaks an elegant, casual way of dressing. More importantly, this affectionately rendered volume reminds us of a kinder, gentler way of life. Highly recommended. - Gail Cooke

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