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Mrs. O: The Face of Fashion Democracy

December 18th, 2009 by Debbie's World of Books


Source: Received for review

Availability: In stores now

Publisher: Center Street

I give this a 4 out of 5 stars

Description from 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 – the Web site that chronicles Michelle Obama’s style – MRS. O: THE FACE OF FASHION DEMOCRACYtakes 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.

I normally do not review non-fiction books but after seeing all the wonderful fashions Michelle Obama wore during the campaign I could not resist this book.  I think this would make for a fascinating read even for those who are not really into fashion.  It gives a broad glimpse into the various designers and brands Michelle wore and there are spotlights on some of the designers backgrounds and design philosophies.  The range of clothing was amazing as she wore the ever famous Jimmy Choos but also had outfits pulled together from J. Crew.  One of her dresses on the campaign trail even came from H&M which is definitely not what I pictured a presidential candidates wife to be wearing.  And while I was not a fan of her Inaugural Ball gown I was amazed to find out the designer, Jason Wu, was only 26 years old.  One other quirk I noticed while reading this book that I did not notice just watching Michelle on TV is just how into broaches she is.  It wasn’t unusual for her to play up a plainer dress with some sort of fancy broach.  Overall a fascinating read.

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