Everyday Icon: Michelle Obama and the Power of Style [NOOK Book]

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In many ways the world has never seen a First Lady like Michelle Obama. From the precedent of her race to the singularity of her style, she has been the object of immense fascination. What she says, what she does, and not least, what she wears, is scrutinized around the world.

Writing at the crossroads of politics and fashion, Kate Betts explains why Michelle Obama’s style matters, and how she has helped liberate a generation of women from the...
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Overview

In many ways the world has never seen a First Lady like Michelle Obama. From the precedent of her race to the singularity of her style, she has been the object of immense fascination. What she says, what she does, and not least, what she wears, is scrutinized around the world.

Writing at the crossroads of politics and fashion, Kate Betts explains why Michelle Obama’s style matters, and how she has helped liberate a generation of women from the false idea that style and substance are mutually exclusive. Following the transformation of Mrs. Obama from her early days on the campaign trail to her first state dinner at the White House, Betts, a longtime fashion journalist and former editor in chief of Harper’s Bazaar, reminds us that while style can be expressed in what you wear, it is inextricably bound up in who you are and what you believe in. In a smart, breezy voice backed by extensive interviews and historical research, Betts shows how Michelle Obama’s  bold confidence and self-possession have made her into an icon and transformed the way women see themselves, their roles, and their own style.

With two hundred color photographs, original designer sketches, and historical images, Everyday Icon is not only a lavish tour of our First Lady’s style statements, but also a fascinating behind-the-scenes account of how she created her image and, more important, what that image says about American style today. Much has been written about Michelle Obama, but Kate Betts places her in a broader cultural and historical context; Everyday Icon is the definitive book on how a working mother of two became an unforgettable, global style icon.

From the Hardcover edition.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Betts, a Time style and design contributor has been an avid observer of first lady Michelle Obama’s style since she first stepped into the limelight. More than a fashion handbook, this book serves as an exploration of the societal and political implications of Mrs. Obama’s style, a pondering of why style matters, and an argument for the notion that “tyle is a part of the content of one’s character.” Betts parses the first lady’s choices of clothing (cardigans and floral dresses rather than navy blue pants suits) as well as her persona, from her warmth and openness to her decision to let cameras capture her hula-hooping on the White House lawn. Betts also takes a fascinating, well-researched look at first ladies throughout history (Mary Todd Lincoln was criticized for her fashionistaesque extravagance) and muses on the ways in which they were a reflection of women’s roles during their years in the White House. With its fine mix of deconstruction and designer interviews, well-sourced research and sumptuous photos, Betts has created a book that is eye and brain candy alike. Photos. (Feb.)
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 “Part coffee-table page turner, part historical essay.”
--The New York Times
 
“Part coffee table-style book, part historical study, this 256-page homage to FLOTUS (First Lady of the United States) fashion explores the societal and political implications of the first lady’s style, illustrated of course, with sumptuous photographs of the photogenic Obama.”
--Christian Science Monitor
 
“Mrs. Obama is the subject of a new book by Kate Betts, a Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar veteran who has turned what might have been a coffee-table accessory into a volume with wit, verve, a sense of history and loads of nifty photos.”
--The Daily
 
“Lots o’ buzz will accompany this fashion portrait of First Lady Michelle Obama…[Kate] not only takes great care in following Obama’s transition from power wife to power mom but also does a credible examination of the personal styles of Jackie Kennedy, Hillary Clinton, and Nancy Reagan, to mention three influential presidential companions. What is of prime importance is the recognition that style matters and that the careful expression of personal style—which all three women demonstrated—is the highest manifestation of a woman secure in herself. Great photographs add power to the author’s words; and sidebars, such as notes about couturiers (including Arnold Scaasi) and the 10 commandments of First Lady style, provide some additional intelligence. An easy read that is bound to be asked for by many readers.”
-- Booklist
 
“Betts has been an avid observer of first lady Michelle Obama’s style since she first stepped into the limelight. More than a fashion handbook, this book serves as an exploration of the societal and political implications of Mrs. Obama’s style, a pondering of why style matters, and an argument for the notion that ‘style is a part of the content of one’s character’…Betts takes a fascinating, well-researched look at first ladies throughout history…and muses on the ways in which they were a reflection of women’s roles during their years in the White House. With its fine mix of deconstruction and designer interviews, well-sourced research and sumptuous photos, Betts has created a book that is eye and brain candy alike.”
--PW
 
“A scintillating fashion biography of Michelle Obama’s inimitable style and its far-reaching influence. Beyond the analysis of [Obama’s] uncannily self-possessed style, Betts provides an intriguing contextualization of Obama within the historical framework of other groundbreaking First Ladies—Dolley Madison, Mary Todd Lincoln, Grace Coolidge, Eleanor Roosevelt, Jackie O, Hillary Clinton—as well as within the current postfeminist moment in American culture…The author clearly champions her subject, her book should have widespread appeal. A sharp, lavishly illustrated biography of one of the most influential figures in refashioning the roles of women.”
--Kirkus Reviews
 
“Betts…convincingly portrays the First Lady as an everyday fashion icon…Clearly, Betts supports Obama's sense of style, and she backs up her stance with quotes from fashion experts, substantive text, and generous photographs of the First Lady. This book is written in a chatty style that will appeal to the casual reader but has enough information for fashion students. With so many people interested in the First Lady's wardrobe, it should have ample readership.”
--Library Journal
 
Betts's smart and entertaining analysis shows why Mrs. Obama's style is so important culturally and historically."
--Tina Brown, editor-in-chief, The Daily Beast
 
"You can put almost any woman in beautiful clothes and she will look amazing. But if you put an amazing woman in even the simplest clothes, you redefine style completely. Kate Betts reminds us that grace, confidence and intelligence add up to true radiance."
--Calvin Klein
 
"Kate Betts has written a fun, informative, and inspiring book about our formidably stylish First Lady, Michelle Obama…a MUST!!!"
--Diane von Furstenberg
 
"What a rich book this is, flowing with brilliant cultural insights, smart fashion, and reporting surprises! I learned more about Michelle Obama from Kate Betts than from any other source."
--David Maraniss, biographer of Bill Clinton and Barack Obama
 
"Kate Betts looks at style like no one else—the true essence of style being beyond what you wear. First lady Michelle Obama exemplifies the ‘power of style’ through her everyday dignity and grace."
--Millard "Mickey" Drexler, Chairman and CEO, J. Crew
 
"American fashion and American politics have long had something unfortunate in common, namely that they tend to treat black women as though we are invisible. As Everyday Icon beautifully illustrates, thanks to Michelle Obama, we are invisible no more…Everyday Icon reminds us that Michelle Obama represents a woman who wears the expectations of the world effortlessly, and whose authenticity is her greatest accessory."
--Keli Goff, author, Party Crashing: How the Hip-Hop Generation Declared Political Independence

Library Journal
Betts, former editor in chief of Harper's Bazaar, convincingly portrays the First Lady as an everyday fashion icon. She compares Obama's sense of style to previous Presidential wives and discusses how First Ladies cultivate their looks and unwittingly influence politics. What distinguishes Obama is her willingness to step outside of the box. Whether or not she is wearing traditional or more casual wear, she radiates confidence and commands respect. The author addresses critics of the First Lady's softer, feminine looks, quoting Dianne Feinstein: "toughness does not have to come in a pinstriped suit." Clearly, Betts supports Obama's sense of style, and she backs up her stance with quotes from fashion experts, substantive text, and generous photographs of the First Lady.Verdict This book is written in a chatty style that will appeal to the casual reader but has enough information for fashion students. With so many people interested in the First Lady's wardrobe, it should have ample readership. [Four-city tour.]—Ajoke Kokodoko, Oakland P.L.
Kirkus Reviews

A scintillating fashion biography of Michelle Obama's inimitable style and its far-reaching influence.

Former Harper's Bazaar editor in chief and current Time contributor Betts focuses on how the First Lady's style has helped her achieve such iconic status. Brimming with more than 200 color photographs, the book demonstrates how Obama has repeatedly pushed the envelope of fashion and convention. Changing from couture by lesser-known designers to Chucks and a cardigan without batting an eye, Obama presents herself in a way that is at once both trendsetting and common. Beyond the analysis of her uncannily self-possessed style, Betts provides an intriguing contextualization of Obama within the historical framework of other groundbreaking First Ladies—Dolley Madison, Mary Todd Lincoln, Grace Coolidge, Eleanor Roosevelt, Jackie O, Hillary Clinton—as well as within the current postfeminist moment in American culture. In a country founded on the joint values of relative equality and freedom to celebrate individuality, the question of how onechooses to dress has always taken on a political charge. In the role of the president's wife, Betts argues, those comfortable with their own style have made the greatest impact. For Obama, who was thrust even more under the microscope as the first African-American First Lady, her conduct carries global influence but especially hits home with American women. "It's almost as if she is taking Hillary Clinton's intelligence but dressing it in Jackie Kennedy's clothes," writes Betts. "In many ways she is reshaping the feminist dream, correcting its oversights, compensating for its defects." Though her argument rests on a number of dichotomies—fashion vs. style, style vs. substance—and the author clearly champions her subject, her book should have widespread appeal.

A sharp, lavishly illustrated biography of one of the most influential figures in refashioning the roles of women.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780307952660
  • Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 5/4/2011
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 860,098
  • File size: 23 MB
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Meet the Author

KATE BETTS has been covering the world of style for twenty years, most recently as a contributing editor at Time and also as the editor of Time Style & Design. The youngest person ever to serve as editor in chief of Harper’s Bazaar, she was also the fashion news director at Vogue and the Paris bureau chief of Women’s Wear Daily. Betts lives in New York City with her husband, the writer Chip Brown, and their two children.

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  • Posted February 12, 2011

    more from this reviewer

    Total Class

    She makes me proud to be a woman. Her style is first class without being over the top.

    11 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2012

    PEACE & LOVE

    Michelle Obama has the BEST style ive seen on any first lady!!!! If you think its not a real book thts you opinion & your fault you bought!!! OBAMAS ROCK... LOVE THEM

    6 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2013

    Girl

    I voted for romney so i dont really care about obamas (if barack is reading this,then i love you)

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2013

    Dont like it

    Dont like this at all. Hate it! Fish I could rate it zero stars!!!!

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2012

    Rt

    Suprized he gets up a dashes away

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2011

    Recommended

    This book is about style and the first ladies. Very engaging and informative. Mrs. Obama is truly reflective of the American woman. She is intelligent,has class, loves her family and represents the American women of today. I would recommend this book to all women. Even women who are republicans. Well written. This book should be read by anyone who is interested in being a designer.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2014

    Hhjj

    This book doesn't deserve a 1

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 21, 2011

    Meh

    Just a love ode to Michelle Obama - my suggestion would be to buy her biography if you're a fan but in any case skip this book.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2014

    To Worse

    Do you go on here just to write mean stuff?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 29, 2013

    Wtf

    $18.99!?!?! Yeah, right. No book costs that much money and is worth it....ever.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2013

    Worse

    She spends all our tax money on trips to Hawaii, decorating the White House, the movie awards, and all of her personal stuff! Wish Romeny won election.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2012

    Mousekit

    Ok

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2012

    Daisypaw

    "Yep!"

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2012

    Nightflower

    Nevermind that daisypaw. We gotta train. Fighting lesson. Readky?

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted August 10, 2012

    Ki

    Ki

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2012

    Havenkit

    Ok.

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