Power Dressing

Power Dressing

First Ladies, Women Politicians & Fashion

Book - 2011
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Some find the constant scrutiny an unwelcome intrusion; others use fashion as their secret weapon. Whatever their views, women in politics know they will be judged by how they dress more than their male counterparts. In Power Dressing, fashion journalist Robb Young offers an engaging perspective on the ability of style to influence the careers of women politicians and first ladies. Concise thematic chapters are interspersed with profiles of more than 50 serving and former women presidents, prime ministers, MPs, royals and wives from over 30 countries, ranging from such contemporary figures as Michelle Obama, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, Angela Merkel and Queen Rania of Jordan to such iconic women as Eva Per#65533;n, Imelda Marcos and Margaret Thatcher. Featuring hundreds of photographs that shed light on political context, and quotations from prominent figures commenting on each woman's style, this fascinating book reveals the milestone 'fashion moments' as well as the unspoken rules of the political fashion game.
Publisher: London : Merrell, 2011
ISBN: 9781858945156
Branch Call Number: 391.0432 YOU
Characteristics: 192 p. : ill. (chiefly col.) ; 24 cm


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May 27, 2012

Good books on fashion are a little bitchy. Great books on fashion are very bitchy. It has to do with being cruel to be kind. Don't bother analyzing it too closely. Power Dressing is a thoughtful examination fashion's potential risks (see: Cherie Blair) and benefits (Margaret Thatcher's queen bee among the sack-suited drones) for powerful women. There are some real finds here, including the multiple queens of Swaziland, and the Grace Jones-like Sheika Mozah bint Nasser Al-Missned.

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