The Style Mentors: Women Who Define the Art of Dressing Today

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Profiling more than eighty contemporary women with great style, The Style Mentors offers today's fashion-conscious woman role models for the here and now. Each of the book's eight chapters addresses a signature look with proven fashion longevity—icon, maverick, bohemian, gamine, siren, minimalist, rocker, and classic—and demonstrates how to achieve it by analyzing the style of those who wear it admirably. The Style Mentors then shows how to incorporate that know-how into a current personal look. Included ...

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Overview

Profiling more than eighty contemporary women with great style, The Style Mentors offers today's fashion-conscious woman role models for the here and now. Each of the book's eight chapters addresses a signature look with proven fashion longevity—icon, maverick, bohemian, gamine, siren, minimalist, rocker, and classic—and demonstrates how to achieve it by analyzing the style of those who wear it admirably. The Style Mentors then shows how to incorporate that know-how into a current personal look. Included throughout are a wealth of dos and don'ts, lists of wardrobe and accessory essentials, and sage tips on fashion and beauty in the words of the women themselves.

With more than two hundred gorgeous photo-graphs and an informative, entertaining text, The Style Mentors is essential reading for fashion mavens and for anyone seeking tried-and-true advice on the art of dressing well from those who have mastered it.

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Style has been defined as an expression of individualism mixed with charisma, a recipe more easily observed than concocted. Fashion historian, author, and curator Elyssa Dimant makes that rewarding task easier by profiling 80 contemporary women recognized as role models for the little understood art of dressing. Her subjects range from Audrey Hepburn, Coco Chanel, and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis to Michelle Obama, Sofia Coppola, and Beyoncé. One early reader justly described The Style Mentors as "a vibrant new take on fashion and style."

Lori Goldstein
Style never goes out of fashion and Style Mentors proves it! This book is an incredible archive of today’s most stylish tastemakers worldwide and fashion icons of days past whose influence is still strong today. It’s a great celebration of women and the power of enduring style.
Harold Koda
In its profiles of contemporary women, from the relatively conventional to the most eccentric, Style Mentors is a fascinating introduction to those who have successfully negotiated the perilous challenges of fashion to achieve great personal style.
Francisco Costa
The Style Mentors is a very vibrant, new take on fashion and style. Dimant’s deep knowledge of fashion history combined with her contemporary perspective makes the book rich and engaging.
Cynthia Rowley
A beautifully illustrated volume profiling today’s most stylish women with a solid nod to icons of days past-and featuring timeless styles throughout-The Style Mentors inspires us all to cultivate a more creative closet!
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061992186
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/23/2012
  • Pages: 190
  • Sales rank: 486,175
  • Product dimensions: 7.92 (w) x 10.12 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Elyssa Dimant is a fashion historian and expert in contemporary fashion studies. She serves as an adjunct professor at Parsons School of Design and the Cooper-Hewitt Masters Program in the Decorative Arts in New York and has lectured at museums, universities, and private venues worldwide. Formerly a curatorial research associate at the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, she co-curated the 2004 exhibition "WILD: Fashion Untamed" and co-authored the accompanying catalog. Also the author of Fashioning Fabrics: Contemporary Textiles in Fashion and Minimalism and Fashion: Reduction in the Postmodern Era, Dimant has contributed to a wide variety of fashion publications, including The Spaces and Places of Fashion, The Encyclopedia of Clothing and Fashion, Vogue, Elle Canada, Zink, Selvedge, DecArts, Hint, and CITY, for which she served as a monthly columnist.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 8

1 Icons 10

2 Mavericks 38

3 Sirens 60

4 Gamines 86

5 Bohemians 106

6 Minimalists 126

7 Rockers 148

8 Classicists 168

Selected Bibliography 188

Photography Credits 191

Acknowledgments 192

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