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Advanced Style Hardcover – May 22, 2012
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Ruth LaFerla, The New York Times
"For all those who are sick and tired of seeing style and fashion presented solely as a young woman’s game, behold 'Advanced Style.'"
Los Angeles Times
"a beautiful catalog of women who aren't over the hill, but rather ahead of the curve."
New York Post
"Advanced Style likely owes its rapid ascent in part to the dearth of attention paid anyone over 30 in popular culture. How the opportunity was missed is anyone’s guess: According to 2010 census estimates, Americans 65 and older constitute 13 percent of the population. Those 45 and over — still two to three times the age of most female models — constitute more than 39 percent." New York Times
“'The women who I photograph are confident. They know what they like, they know what suits their bodies, and they’re dressing for themselves. They don’t dress based on trends.'" Ari Seth Cohen, New York Times
“These gorgeous ladies take away the fear of aging and give us all something to look forward to.” Huffington Post
“These women are proof that personal style advances with age”
“I was best friends with my grandmother growing up, and was always inspired by her energy and wisdom. I wanted to show that creativity, style, and vitality advance with age, and hopefully help change people’s ideas about getting older.”
Ari Seth Cohen, StyleCaster
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About the Author
Maira Kalman is an author and illustrator of over a dozen children’s books. Additionally, her two yearlong, illustrated columns for The New York Times online have been published as the books The Principles of Uncertainty (Penguin, 2007), and And the Pursuit of Happiness (Penguin, 2010). In 2011 a retrospective of her work was mounted at the Jewish Museum in NYC. She is represented by the Julie Saul Gallery, and lives and works in New York City.
Dita Von Teese is a world-famous burlesque artist and lingerie model. Best known for her Cocktail Glass show in which she performs an old fashioned striptease that culminates with her bathing herself in an oversized champagne or martini glass. This “Burlesque Superheroine" (Vanity Fair) is credited by many for sparking a revival of traditional burlesque, and has appeared in a number of films, music videos, and television shows. Von Teese has released DVDs of her own performances and is the author of Dita: Stripteese (It Books, 2009).
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Top Customer Reviews
This book is 98% photos, page after page of lovely women wearing the most beautifully put together outfits. There's a range of looks from quintessential elegance to total bohemian. What's striking is how much of the wearer's personality shines through. Usually when I look at street snaps, I'm focused on the clothes and haven't got much interest in the wearer. But the women in this book seem like they'd be good for conversation over a cup of tea. I wish I knew more about them, what their homes look like or what paths their lives took that made them get through the years and looking more vibrant and beautiful than woman half their age.
The book itself is somewhat small for a photo book but thick and printed on good heavy paper with a nice sheen. The headings are set in a typeface that can be hard to read, but those with imperfect sight will be pleased to see that most type has been set quite large for easy reading. Overall it's an easy book to look through.
Personally, I've never been a very conservative dresser. When I was younger, people would tell me, `wear that while you can,' meaning that one day I'd be working in a cubicle somewhere in a navy suit with pantyhose and 2" pumps.Read more ›
It has reminded me of my European upbringing where aging people do not fade away but are an elegant and gracious presences everywhere.
It also reminds me of my 96 year old mother in a German nursing home, who was dressed in nylons and a dress, complete with slip, every day. When I, the American, pointed out that it might be easier and more comfortable to dress her in a jogging suit, I was informed that the dignity of being well dressed increases the will to live which is very important to 96 year old ladies.
Thank you, Ari Seth Cohen, for noticing us.
This book is more of the same thing you'll find on his blog site -- women who are beautiful (in a special way!) and stylish (and some, downright outlandish). The photos themselves are great, with none of the stupid "model" poses with pouty lips and ridiculous postures. These are exceptional women, but REAL women too. In truth, few of us will ever be able to pull off the type of style they do, but as I thumb through the book, I almost THINK I can, and that's what counts. I'm inspired and delighted by all of them.
The only slight disappointment I had (which prevented me from giving the book a full 5 stars) is that so many of the photos are ones already published on the site. Still, being able to have them all in a one beautiful book makes up for the repetition.
When we look good, we feel good...we feel good, we look good!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I took this book to the elder group that meets at my church. The ladies loved it and said it was inspiring to keep looking glamorous without regard to age. Inspiring.Published 28 days ago by muddy paws
Style is a state of mind as clearly demonstrated by these wonderful "advanced" women. They truly are like wine, they get better with age. Read morePublished 1 month ago by ConscientiousConsumer
Fantastic images of very stylish ladies. A real pick me up.Published 2 months ago by Gina Wenzel-Garza
Loved the photographs of these beautiful ladies! They are an inspiration!Published 3 months ago by BookJunkie