Thursday, October 15, 2009

Book Review & Giveaway of Mrs. O: The Face of Fashion Democracy by Mary Tomer

Building on the success of the Mrs. O website, Mary Tomer's recent book is a beautifully photographed and annotated description of Michelle Obama's fashion style as it progressed over the very public months of Barack Obama's presidential campaign and his first months in office.

Mrs. O: The Face of Fashion Democracy is more than a gorgeous collection of photographs. I found it an education in how Michelle Obama used her political savvy, visibility, and fashion sense to make political statements and to promote young designers from the US and around the world. I am not particularly well versed in the different designers and enjoyed the book's extensive interviews of different designers, stylists and publicists.

It is easy to imagine the excitement at the J.Crew headquarters when Michelle Obama appeared on Jay Leno's Tonight Show wearing her yellow outfit. And the "general joy" that all the Gap employees felt on seeing Michelle Obama in her off-the rack dress on the Fourth of July, 2008. It was touching to read Thakoon Panichgul's reaction to seeing Michelle Obama in his crossover V-back dress on the last night of the Democratic Convention: "I was so shocked and honored to have been part of that moment for her, for her family, for the country."

I recommend Mrs. O: The Face of Fashion Democracy - it goes beyond photographs to capture and analyze unique political moments from the lens of fashion.

Publisher: Center Street (October 28, 2009), 248 pages.
Review copy provided by the publisher.

About the Author, courtesy of the publisher:
Mary Tomer is the founder and contributing editor of In the summer of 2008, captivated by Michelle Obama's arrival on the national stage, Mary realized the future first lady had the makings of a style icon - the genesis of The site launched in September 2008, and has quickly grown to attract more than 2 million site visits, with traffic from 221 countries and territories. Mary has appeared on the Today Show, MSNBC, Access Hollywood and BBC Radio, speaking as an authority on the first lady's style.


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  1. Hilary Clinton is. She's wise and extremely political. She finally joined forces with Obama rather than run against him. She even stood by Bill in his time of indiscretion. Hilary rocks!


  2. Currently my favorite public person is Barak Obama.


  3. I have to repeat the same answer, my fav is Barak Obama, with his wife sliding in as a close second!

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  4. My favorite public figure is Chelsea Handler. I like her upfront attitude along with her humor and honesty.

  5. My favorite is Barak Obama.
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  6. My favorite public figure is or was Audrey Hepburn she did so much humanitarian work.

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  7. My favorite public figure is Maya Angelou.


  8. My favorite public figure is Hillary Clinton. No contest.


  9. President Obama is my favorite public figure.

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  10. My favorite politician so far was FDR. This book sounds interesting - thank you so much for the entry.

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  11. My favourite public figure is Hilary Clinton.

  12. Hillary Clinton

  13. Billy Graham

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  14. My favourite public figure is Obama.

  15. President Obama is my favorite

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  16. I guess I'd have to say Andy Rooney.
    I love hearing what he has to say.

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  17. President Barack Obama is my favorite public figure!
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