Profiling more than eighty contemporary women with great style, The Style Mentors offers today's fashion-conscious woman role models for the here and now. Each of the book's eight chapters addresses a signature look with proven fashion longevityicon, maverick, bohemian, gamine, siren, minimalist, rocker, and classicand demonstrates how to achieve it by analyzing the style of those who wear it admirably. The Style Mentors then shows how to incorporate that know-how into a current personal look. Included throughout are a wealth of dos and don'ts, lists of wardrobe and accessory essentials, and sage tips on fashion and beauty in the words of the women themselves.
With more than two hundred gorgeous photo-graphs and an informative, entertaining text, The Style Mentors is essential reading for fashion mavens and for anyone seeking tried-and-true advice on the art of dressing well from those who have mastered it.
About the Author
Elyssa Dimant is a fashion historian and expert in contemporary fashion studies. She serves as an adjunct professor at Parsons School of Design and the Cooper-Hewitt Masters Program in the Decorative Arts in New York and has lectured at museums, universities, and private venues worldwide. Formerly a curatorial research associate at the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, she co-curated the 2004 exhibition "WILD: Fashion Untamed" and co-authored the accompanying catalog. Also the author of Fashioning Fabrics: Contemporary Textiles in Fashion and Minimalism and Fashion: Reduction in the Postmodern Era, Dimant has contributed to a wide variety of fashion publications, including The Spaces and Places of Fashion, The Encyclopedia of Clothing and Fashion, Vogue, Elle Canada, Zink, Selvedge, DecArts, Hint, and CITY, for which she served as a monthly columnist.
Style never goes out of fashion and Style Mentors proves it! This book is an incredible archive of today’s most stylish tastemakers worldwide and fashion icons of days past whose influence is still strong today. It’s a great celebration of women and the power of enduring style.
-Lori Goldstein, stylist and Style Editor at Large, W Magazine
In its profiles of contemporary women, from the relatively conventional to the most eccentric, Style Mentors is a fascinating introduction to those who have successfully negotiated the perilous challenges of fashion to achieve great personal style.
-Harold Koda, Curator-in-Charge, The Costume Institute at The Metropolitan Museum of ArtHarold Koda, Curator-in-Charge, The Costume Institute at The Metropolitan Museum of ArtHarold Koda, Curator-in-Charge, The Costume Institute at The Metropolitan
The Style Mentors is a very vibrant, new take on fashion and style. Dimant’s deep knowledge of fashion history combined with her contemporary perspective makes the book rich and engaging.
-Francisco Costa, Women's Creative Director, Calvin Klein Collection
A beautifully illustrated volume profiling today’s most stylish women with a solid nod to icons of days past-and featuring timeless styles throughout-The Style Mentors inspires us all to cultivate a more creative closet!
-Cynthia Rowley, Designer