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Mrs. O: The Face of Fashion Democracy Hardcover – October 28, 2009

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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.
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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: 8.5 x 1.1 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #603,057 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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By L. BEAUMONT on December 20, 2012
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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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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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THE BOOK I RECEIVED WAS MISSING THE JACKET AND THERE IS NO PHOTO OF MRS. OBAMA ON THE BOOK COVER, JUST THE WORDS MRS. ''O". i was not aware of the marketplace so your services will be under closer scrutiny in the future.

THIS IS SOMEWHAT DECEPTIVE...SHOWING THE PHOTO IN THE AD ...... BUT SENDING THE BOOK WHICH IS TOTALLY VOID OF THE COVER .PHOTO. THIS HAS LESS APPEAL ON A COCKTAIL TABLE OR ANY PLACE OF PROMINENCE FOR DISPLAY.. THAT SUCKS
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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.

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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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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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I had brought this same book in Ross Dress for less, and you know what it isn't falling apart like this book I ordered from you all. I gave it as a gift, and when I saw how it was tearing from the hard back at that front seam, thought I'd die. I know the first book at was sent never reached me, but come on, where is quality control?
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I have mixed feelings about considering Michelle Obama a fashion icon, First Lady of Style and other blurbs of the like as expressed in this book. There are just few things I would recognize as her strong points when it comes to fashion. They are:

* The fact that she is extremely creative in her use of brooches to enhance and give character to an outfit.
* The way she has brought the "dress" back into being acceptable formal attire for the world of politics instead of the overused "pantsuit".
* Her fitness. She has great arms and shoulders to wear sleeveless and strapless frocks.

Other than the above, Mrs. O's (like this book calls her) fashion choices are oftentimes shocking, and sometimes totally wrong. Author Maria Tomer, who is no doubt fascinated by the First Lady's fashion sense, explains how most of Michelle Obama's fashion choices are realized through Chicago's fashion guru, Ikram Goldman, whose chic store is "all about the mix" in order to achieve "the magic of fashion" (page 194). But personally, I feel a First Lady should incline herself more towards styles of the like of Carolina Herrera, Vera Wang and Oscar de la Renta, rather than eccentrics like Thakoon or Junya Watanabe. Regarding the latter one, the ensemble worn during the Obamas' first European tour in London, during a visit to the Elizabeth Garrett Anderson School, composed of a brightly coloured argyle cardigan that seemed to be sewn at the back, giving the impression of burlesque trompe l'oeil and worn over a full skirted dress, seemed more appropriate for a fun cocktail during girl's night out than for an official engagement.
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