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Mrs. O: The Face of Fashion Democracy

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Celebrated for her style and substance, Michelle Obama has transformed the role of first lady and become a 21st century icon, attracting attention from all over the world. The qualities so admired in her - intelligence, strength and charisma - radiate through her personal style, which has united accessibility with high-wattage glamour. The clothes, like the woman, feel bot ...more
Hardcover, 248 pages
Published October 28th 2009 by Center Street (first published 2009)
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Dec 03, 2009 rated it really liked it
I won "Mrs. O: The Face of Fashion Democracy" in a First Reads contest. I really enjoyed reading this book for the gorgeous photos and fashion ideas. The book is a beautiful, classy homage to the First Lady, Michelle Obama. I think the theme of the book can be summed up with a phrase I found in one of the later chapters, "style and substance." The majority of the book, of course, focuses on Michelle Obama's style, but there is respect for who the woman really is who is wearing the ...more
Nov 19, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
This book might seem like a sort of frothy concept, but it's compulsively readable, and really interesting. Aside from being incredibly stylish in and of itself, the book is really smart. Michelle Obama incited this bizarre, enormous controversy when she showed up in bare arms at major events. While I can't see myself going to meet the Prime Minister of England in a sleeveless dress in the middle of the day, other than a quick, impressed eyebrow lift, I didn't think anything of it. But the outcr ...more
Oct 15, 2009 rated it really liked it
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 politic
Oct 10, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2009
Fashion is a wonderful thing. The right clothes can transform not only how you look, but how you feel. Couture is wearable art, pure & simple, but for the rest of us mortals there is plenty of beautiful ready-to-wear to costume our days.

Mrs. O: The Face of Fashion Democracy capitalizes on the popularity of the Mrs. O website to bring readers a beautifully designed book filled with pictures, narrative of Michelle Obama's journey to the White House & what she wore along the way, & inte
Dec 11, 2009 rated it really liked it
I normally do not review non-fiction books but after seeing all the wonderful fashions Michelle Obama wore during the campaign I could not resist this book. I think this would make for a fascinating read even for those who are not really into fashion. It gives a broad glimpse into the various designers and brands Michelle wore and there are spotlights on some of the designers backgrounds and design philosophies. The range of clothing was amazing as she wore the ever famous Jimmy Choos but also h ...more
Feb 10, 2010 rated it really liked it
I appreciated the detail and interviews with the designers. The pictures really captured the energy that Michelle exudes. One thing I did think was lacking was the "history" of her early beginnings as a cultural fashion icon. Most of the book started with 2006/2008 when Obama was a Senator. Surely she must have sought out wardrobe help during this time...but did she have the eye (and deep pocketbook) for fashion as a student, and young lawyer? I'm not as convinced...
Nov 11, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: heroines, nonfiction
Stumbled across this for $4.99 at Ross, and just couldn't leave it there amongst the jumble of spiritual self-help dreck. Get this: we have admirable people in the White House; they are African-American; the first lady is inspiring for her intellect and achievements; and somebody wrote a *fashion* book about her. This is a feel-good read for sure.
I just won this on goodreads....

This book was pretty interesting. Lots of great pictures. I was wishing for more bio info on Mrs. O. This book was mainly about what dress she wore to what event on the campaign trail and who designed it. I'm not a big fashion guru so this wasn't as interesting to me personally. But still a fun read.
Sep 12, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: adults, ya
I expected to love this, and I did. It traces Michelle's fashion evolution and her impact on our culture. I forgot how many really spectacular looks she has had in her time in the public eye. My favorite part of her look is that while she is probably the most photographed woman in the world, her look is still accessible to the masses.
Oct 01, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I won this book in the Goodreads Giveaway! It's amazing. Hardcover and 230 pages including glossy photos and write-ups describing Michelle Obama's style, fashion, elegance, and inspiration. In the few days that I've had it on my coffee table, it's already drawn the attention of every one of my visitors.

Dec 05, 2009 rated it really liked it
If you love fashion and admire Mrs. Michelle Obama, you will enjoy reading this fashion and biographical retrospective on our current first lady. To my joy, I've won a copy of this book so I can look at it whenever I like!
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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 millions site visits, with traffic from 221 countries and territories. Ma ...more