Power Dressing: First Ladies, Women Politicians and Fashion Paperback – Mar 1 2011
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“Women of any age—and any career stage—will find strong ideas for self-presentation here, along with refreshing new style icons.” — Wall Street Journal
“In the ivory tower occupied by political pundits, Young’s book might just make some waves, opening up an honest dialogue about a subject that has remained intellectually taboo despite the relentless tabloid-like attention it attracts.” — New York Times
“Every woman plotting her way to the top should read ‘Power Dressing’…” — International Herald Tribune
“‘Power Dressing’… is an entertaining, thoughtful account of the role of clothing in politics, and the myriad ways — good, bad and ugly — that women all over the world have used it to communicate their ideas and their power.” — Forbes
“It's about time someone, well, addressed the subject with the intelligence it deserves. Enter Robb Young…” — Financial Times
"… a timely guide to dressing at the top" — Time Out
"Power dressing is not just about fashion, nor is it just about culture. It is both of those things, and so much more…" — January Magazine Review
"Fashion provides an original entry into the messy complexity of world politics, and Young gives it the intelligence, style and wit it deserves." — Worn Journal
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The role of clothing of a prominent woman in not only creating an image, but in communicating values and ideas has gone far beyond Jackie Kennedy's presence in the 1960s. Many women have since become leaders of nations or had top political positions, and others have had prominent, leading roles in other areas of public affairs. Author Robb Young decodes the clothing style and its details of color, accessories, etc., of Margaret Thatcher, Michelle Obama, Hilary Clinton, and many other notable women. Short essays on "Power Pearls," "Sari Politics," and similar categories of wear point out the significance of these. Young's broad, global reach includes dress of women from African, Asian, and Middle Eastern countries that is not so familiar to many readers.
Abundantly illustrated with color photos on glossy pages, the book is not only entertaining and informative as popular journalism, but also delves into how clothing of prominent and influential women offers clues to what is going on around the world. As Young notes in his Preface, the book is timely because "the ongoing struggle for women's equality in the political arena is at a very exciting point [and] clothes and grooming can act as a revealing mirror to much bigger issues and reflect the wearer's evolving identity."
This book is HUGE with a good quality bind and illustrated well with copious amounts of examples.
You will change the way you think about dressing for success after reading this.
Congratulations on this obvious labour of love.
I was very disappointed that so far I found two profiles that are incomplete. The profile on the wife of the President of Iran and the wife of the former PM of Iran ends on an incomplete sentence and the next page is a blank page. The profile on Imelda Marcos looks like it may be just missing a period at the end of the last sentence, but I'm not sure. I don't know if this is a mistake on the part of the publisher. Whatever the reason it is very annoying that the book wasn't properly edited or published. The book also has several blank pages which do not seem to serve a purpose.
UPDATE: I contacted the publisher and it appears that I received a messed up copy. Due to this I upped my review from 3 to 4 stars. I chose to keep my copy of the book as I had already marked up the book. Even though the book was a coffee table style book, I read it in a few days. I like to read about women politicians and fashion, and would recommend this book to someone interested in fashion.