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“Nigel Barker’s experience as a photographer, documentary filmmaker, and presence on America’s Next Top Model and The Face, with Naomi Campbell, allows him an exceptional historical view of the cultural impact of the world’s most legendary models. This elegant book is a must-read and must-have.” (Andre Leon Talley, contributing editor, Vogue)

“In citing and celebrating these bewitchingly photogenic women, we discover how our perception of beauty, our definition of femininity, and our objects of desire have changed over the last half century. Beauty is not eternal after all, and that’s what makes its allure-and this book-so endlessly fascinating.” (Hal Rubenstein, editor, author, and designer)

“The new beauty bible!” (Cynthia Rowley, designer)

“Nigel Barker has brought research, knowledge, and, above all, sensitivity, to Models of Influence.He gives the beauties of each era their rightful due and at the same time allows you to see the individual women who helped shape fashion history.” (Cathy Horyn, journalist and former New York Times fashion critic)

From the Back Cover

A Collectible Anthology of the 50 Most Inf luential Models in Fashion History

In Models of Influence, photographer, television host, and fashion authority Nigel Barker profiles fifty of the most noteworthy models from the 1940s to the present, revealing how their look or way of modeling not only made an indelible stamp on the industry but also influenced fashion design, the popular way of dress, and notions of female beauty worldwide.

Each of the book's eight chapters focuses on a distinct period, from the postwar modeling boom, which ushered in an era of models who communicated a return to glamour, to the present day, with the emergence of media-savvy models who understand the power of branding themselves to the world at large. Each entry highlights the model's background and career, exploring her unique qualities and the secret to her staying power, whether it's her physical characteristics, daring approach to image making, transformative abilities, or a particular energy that captured or even redefined the zeitgeist of fashion and culture of the time.

To complement the text, Barker has personally selected more than one hundred full-color and black-and-white photographs from the archives of the world's top fashion photographers—Richard Avedon, Irving Penn, David Bailey, Francesco Scavullo, Herb Ritts, and Mario Testino among them—to assemble a collectible anthology of many of the finest fashion images from the last seventy years.

With an engaging, informative text and a vivid collection of seminal photographs, Models of Influence is the definitive word on the subject.

With 110 full-color and black-and-white photographs

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Design; First Edition edition (February 10, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062345842
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062345844
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 1 x 11.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #320,850 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As a fashion fan, I loved this book. As a woman I loved it even more. This book makes me proud to be female. What we do as a society reflects how we feel..day to day, or as in this book, decade to decade. Fashion allows us to make a statement about that. My mother always told me that how you look is a reflection of who you are. I used to laugh when she said "Always wear clean underwear, because you never know what will happen." Clothes matter, people matter, it's all related. Nigel's eloquence and insight celebrates diversity and expression.The fabulous photos are reason enough to purchase this book. He takes it a step further, and by recognizing how different we are, it brings us together. I will never have the pleasure to walk a runway or wear couture designer outfits, but I can certainly relate to the character and passion these models of influence embraced.
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Love it!!
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I love this book! If you love fashion magazines you will appreciate this book!
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This is a fantastic book about the history of modeling. Each few pages features a different model. My favorites
were the chapters on Gia Carangi (with rare pictures!) and Margaux Hemingway. Fascinating history.
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By Michael M. on September 12, 2015
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Perfect in every way: Excellent item, speedy delivery, effortless purchase. Couldn't ask for more. Thank you!
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Love it. As a fashion photographer myself, this book will be a valued resource to my library. It is like a condensed history lesson on the biggest movers and shakers in the modelling industry from the 1940's to present day. An easy to read informative book that gets to the heart of what made these respective women/ models the best in their time and still famous today. And as a bonus the book contains lots of those iconic photos of the respective models photographed by the legendary photographers at the time.
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