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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Center Street (October 28, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1599952580
  • ISBN-13: 978-1599952581
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 8.3 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #890,183 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Tomer's is at least the third fashion-related book on the first lady, and so far, it's the most comprehensive, tracing Obama's style from that frigid day in Springfield, Ill., when her husband announced his candidacy to the first lady's springtime tour of Europe." - Politico.com

"[Tomer] spoke with more than 40 designers for the book, which includes two-page interviews with such Obama favorites as Jason Wu, Loree Rodkin, Isabel Toledo and Peter Soronen. It's also filled with fabric swatch close-ups, dress shots (both famous and less well known) and displays the thoroughness of a librarian in cataloging the origins of Obama's many brooches, pins and patent-leather heels." - Washington Post

"This is not the first book about Mrs. O's style, but in my opinion, it's the best. Tomer didn't rush it out. She took her time, did her research, gathered hundreds of pictures and interviewed dozens or designers and stylists who have dressed the first lady or have informed views about her style. It's lovely to look at and fascinating to read." - Orlando Sentinel

"From the campaign trail to the White House, Michelle's looks have been slowly more and more documented, and although a few books on her fashion have popped up already, the recently-released Mrs. O: The Face of Fashion Democracy is the best by far. After flipping through the first few pages, we already have a newfound appreciation for the First Lady's style; whoever knew she wore so much Moschino? ...We can't stress enough how impressed we are with the tome." - Racked.com

About the Author

Mary Tomer is the founder and contributing editor of Mrs-O.org. 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 Mrs-O.org. 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. While not blogging, Mary works in advertising for Bartle Bogle Hegarty in New York. She is a graduate of Boston College, and native of Columbus, Ohio.

More About the Author

Mary Tomer is the founder and contributing editor of Mrs-O.org. 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 Mrs-O.org. The site launched in September 2008, and has quickly grown to attract more than 3 million site visits, with traffic from 221 countries and territories. Mary has appeared on the Today Show, MSNBC and BBC Radio, speaking as an authority on the first lady's style. While not blogging, Mary works in advertising for Bartle Bogle Hegarty in New York. She is a graduate of Boston College, and native of Columbus, Ohio.

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Customer Reviews

They will without a doubt appreciate it!
Miss Ellie
The author has done me a great favour, I have ordered another three copies as Christmas presents for my friends.
Gabriella Christina
I received Mrs. O: The Face of Fashion Democracy by Mary Tomer as a gift from a friend, who always chooses well.
Jacqueline Brice-Finch

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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful By K. E. Letourneau on October 29, 2009
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I was looking for a gift for my new grandmother-in-law and picked up "Mrs. O". My husband's grandmother had mentioned in a phone conversation that she admired Michelle Obama so I thought this would be a thoughtful gift for our first meeting. I'm not really a non-fiction reader myself but I started flipping through "Mrs. O" on the plane, intending to just check out the photos. I ended up reading it cover to cover not just for the fashion but also for the history of the first lady's life and career. This book has a great balance of biography and fashion - an approchable overview without having to spend the time with a dense biography. The interviews with the designers were fun little diversions and the photographs were the best part! From a distance I could never tell how much detail there was in the first lady's wardrobe but this book contains up close shots of the clothes showing the patterns, colors, detailing and workmanship. I plan to purchase a few copies for the women in my family for Christmas.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By L. BEAUMONT on December 20, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Great Book! Better than I expected. The photographs are clear and beautifully colored .This is a great gift for someone who admires Mrs. Obama as our First Lady .
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9 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Gaby at Starting Fresh blog VINE VOICE on October 15, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Synopsis:
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.

Review:
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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Miss Ellie on December 3, 2011
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This is a great gift for all of your girlfriends who have style and substance! They will without a doubt appreciate it! We all love discussing Mrs. Obama's choices of designers, off the rack clothes, accesories and shoes. The photos are great and we can view her wardrobe up close and personal.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Blue Butterfly on April 23, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I was not sure what to expect when I first picked up this book. It was a summer read last year. In this age of constant negativity and lack of grace in many circles, not all style books are educational, substantive and entertaining. Books on women in power, especially, tend to be one-sided or out of focus.

I was pleasantly surprised by how the author weaved this story. This book is a true "lookbook"' in the sense that it presents First Lady Obama without the usual tag lines and labels. We are taken on a journey which shows us how the First Lady has touched the artisans who have crossed her path and how they have influenced the First Lady and the global community of fashion and design.

Anyone who can see beyond black and white will enjoy how this book unfolds. It reminds us that we can all be people with first fashion standards if we can keep our individuality while celebrating the skills and contributions of others.

Thank you, Mrs. Tomer
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Gabriella Christina on November 2, 2009
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For all you sceptics who think this book is nothing more than glossy photographs, think again. This book has got to be one of the best I have ever come across in a long time and let me tell you why.

It is jam packed with photographs of the first lady not just in her public role but some dating back to her early days. The close ups on her jewellry, brooches, shoes and swatches are amazing. You get to REALLY scrutinise how classy this woman really is. Pages upon pages (it's a big book) of really beautiful pictures and lots of interviews with her favourite designers - Pinto, Mirzahi, Rodrigues, Sorenson, Kors, Ikram as well as all the jewellers. There is a lot to read - it is a book not a hardback magazine.

It also shows how Michelle will go down in history as THE most fashionable first lady ever. She mixes high end with low end, throws on belts and brooches and makes it her own. She recycles her items and makes completely different outfits every time AND her ability to really work colours is truly amazing. I'm out of breath.

More importantly, the first lady and the author shows that you don't need money to look good. Fashion can be classy as well as cheap and affordable. Fashion is not about someone having the ability to wear Valentino gowns or Gucci or Prada. Fashion should be relateable and many women will be able to relate to Michelle Obama and how she makes clothes WORK for her.

The author has done me a great favour, I have ordered another three copies as Christmas presents for my friends. Fantastic piece of work.
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