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“Seriously, there is a ton of good stuff in this book. Designers were asked questions on topics ranging from career advice to shopping tips, and the answers run the gamut from hilarious to sweet.”
(Glamour.com)

“From tips and tricks for breaking into fashion to essential wardrobe items to favorite words of wisdom, The Pursuit of Style gives you a glimpse inside the fashion world’s most creative minds and offers an endless amount of inspiration.”
(InStyle.com)

“Inspiration never looked so chic.”
(Vogue.com)

“With designers revealing everything from their favorite muses (Rachel’s are Jane Birkin and Brigitte Bardot), to their top shopping destinations, this is sure to be the fashion-lover’s gift this summer. We recommend stocking up on a few copies for graduation and hostess gifts.”
(The Zoe Report)

“Illustrated by Bill Donovan with an introduction by Jessica Alba and a foreword by von Furstenberg and CFDA CEO Steven Kolb, The Pursuit of Style is basically a who’s who in the style world.”
(HarpersBazaar.com)

About the Author

The Council of Fashion Designers of America, Inc. (CFDA), is a not-for-profit trade association that leads industry-wide initiatives and whose membership consists of more than 400 of America’s foremost womenswear, menswear, jewelry, and accessory designers. Bil Donovan is one of today’s most revered fashion illustrators. He promotes the genre through his role as artist-in-residence for Dior Beauty, as a professor at FIT, and as an author, speaker, and working artist.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams (April 15, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1419706217
  • ISBN-13: 978-1419706219
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.8 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #994,732 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Jacque Phat on April 22, 2014
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This book purports to be "Through touching personal stories and funny quips, this book shows the character and standards of style of some of the brightest stars in American fashion as they give their simple advice on what matters the most: passion, creativity, and being the best version of yourself you can possibly be." What it actually is is a set of statements given to a bunch of designers who then complete the sentence. For example:

My favorite place to shop is...
Online - Jennifer Fisher
Portobello Road - Jill Stuart
A place with stores: I don't discriminate- if there is a register, Then I'm in! - Jenna Lyons

Other complete-the-sentence phrases include:
The first thing people notice about me is...
My ideal mentor is...
The greatest romance of all times is...

You get the idea. All of the answers are as pedestrian as the questions. None of the answers rise to being at least a bon mot. I doubt you'll be quoting this book at the next get together of your fashion friends. Memorable quotes are definitely needed. Too bad Karl Lagerfeld and Simon Doonan aren't CFDA members.

Why you might want to buy this book anyway are the illustrations. Beautifully illustrated in colored ink by famed fashion illustrator Bil Donovan. I am so used to fashion being expressed through photographs that I found it very refreshing to see these wonderfully expressive illustrations. Maybe I'll cut them out and frame them.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Steve R. Kolb on June 10, 2014
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This book is beautifully illustrated. The advice from designers is many times practical and serious but often whitty and funny too.
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