There’s no better time to catch up on that growing list of books you must get to than during the summer. This summer, we’re encouraging you to take a study break with iconic women of fashion and style. Here are our picks for Women of Style 101.
In her recently revised and expanded edition of the 2004 biography What Jackie Taught Us, Tina Santi Flaherty, who knew Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis when they were neighbors in the same apartment building, reveals details about the former first lady not so well known by the public. For example, she worked for Vogue and quit on her first day, presumably because the female-dominated editorial room would compromise her chances of finding a mate. The May 2014 Commemorative Edition features contributions from notable individuals amplifying the ways in which Jackie’s life has influenced them—and society at large—over the past several decades.
Celebrating motherhood, in all of its complexities, is always a good thing. That’s the philosophy of the authors Violet Gaynor and Kelly Stuart, creators of the popular website TheGlow.com. In their new book, The Glow: An Inspiring Guide to Stylish Motherhood, they explore exactly what “mama glow” looks like. Featuring 150 gorgeous photographs and intimate interviews with a diverse collection of new and veteran mothers, the book’s collection of stories chart the journey from pregnancy to momhood with “wry wit, charming advice, and a deep understanding of the affectionate relationship between parent and child.”
Seven Sisters Style—named for a prestigious group of American colleges, whose members include fashion icons such as Katharine Hepburn, Jacqueline Kennedy, Ali MacGraw, and Meryl Streep—pays tribute to the female side of preppy style by American college girls. Their style, on campus and off, was synonymous with an intelligence and American grace that became a marker of national pride and status all over the world: from jeans and baggy shirts to Bermuda shorts and blazers. “[The college girl's] contribution to fashion is as American as Coca-Cola, baseball and hitch-hiking,” announced Harper’s Bazaar in 1935.
From the elegant Audrey Hepburn’s simple black shift or Princess Diana’s never-ending wedding dress, 100 Iconic Dresses is a collection of the greatest moments in fashion history, beautifully illustrated by Megan Hess. This collection of dresses celebrates fashion’s finest moments and takes the reader on a decadent romp through fashion history. Including historical anecdotes, famous quotes and scene-setting landscape illustrations, which remind us of the society surrounding the fashion moment in question, this book is an elegant and immersive introduction to the dresses and moments that shaped fashion—and how fashion, in turn, has shaped our lives.
Note: 100 Iconic Dresses will be published in early fall, but definitely add it to your study list.
One hundred and thirty one years after her birth and we’re still talking about Coco Chanel. She embodies the concepts of icon and timeless legend. Chanel was the only fashion designer to appear on Time magazine’s list of the 100 most influential people of the 20th century—and is lauded for freeing women from the “corset.” Unveiling remarkable new details about Chanel’s early years in a convent orphanage and her flight into unconventional adulthood, in Coco Chanel: The Legend and the Life, Justine Picardie explores what lies beneath the glossy surface of a mythic fashion icon.