Friday, 3 July 2009

Stylist: The Interpreters of Fashion

If the documentary, The September Issue is anything to go by, Anna Wintour is not an easy lady to please. So it is interesting to read her complimentary words in the forward for Stylist: The Interpreters of Fashion. I came across this book in a post by The Capitol Fashionista and having written a blog post on stylists a few months back I was piqued with interest so I decided to check it out. The book does not just cover stylists who dress the rich and famous; it goes much deeper than that. It looks at characters who have created some of the most powerful images in magazines, fashion shows, TV and advertising. Stylist is full of image makers, editors, taste formers and visual provocators.

16 top stylists are featured in this whopper of a coffee book and were selected by editors of because of their original ideas and iconic status. The lucky 16 are Polly Mellen, Camilla Nickerson, Carine Roitfeld, Grace Coddington, Karl Templar, Alex White, Melanie Ward, Joe Zee, Brana Wolf, Andrea Lieberman, Paul Cavaco, Venetia Scott, Tonne Goodman, Lori Goldstein, Edward Enninful and Carlyne Cerf de Dudzeele. Stylist is written by Sarah Mower, contributing editor of Vogue (recently appointed ambassador for new talent by the British Fashion Council) and really goes into the nitty gritty work of the stylist but it is presented in a way that is beautiful and ever so glamorous. Between 16 and 20 pages are devoted to each personality with photo spreads of their work displayed as well as images of the stylist and a mini bio. This book is a must have for anyone who is passionate about fashion.

Stylist: The Interpreters of Fashion is available to buy at amazon.

3 cool comments:

Anonymous said...

Sounds like a lovely book.

I wonder what it's like to style the rich, as IMHO, they don't that often have good taste. Could be very frustrating.

What a shame that Patricia Field didn't make the list, she's probably my favourite. (Along with the stylists on The Face and ID in the early eighties of course!)

Ondo Lady said...

Migratingfishswim: Good point, I am not sure why Patricia Fields never made the list. She does an awful lot of film and TV and I am not sure if she does editorial. Maybe it is snobbery and her fame makes her seem too commercial. Interesting.

Stylecoach said...

Yeah, maybe both of you are right. But Patricia Field to do it that way. Even though she is famous but she will never made it to be too commercial.