Item description for Ultimate Style: The Best of the Best Dressed List by Eleanor Lambert Bettina Zilkha...
Here, in this lavishly illustrated history of the Best Dressed List, is the story of how the list originated and grew into the world-famous event it is today. And, for the first time ever, fashion doyenne and Best Dressed List founder Ms. Lambert contributes her personal story on the subject. Founded in 1940, the Best Dressed List was her brilliant publicity ploy to boost the drooping American fashion industry at the outset of World War II. It quickly became a highly visible and respected barometer of style, a "who's who" of the most glamorous women in the world. Interestingly, the first lists were mostly wealthy society women who were famous for spending entire fortunes every year on haute couture, while movie stars were rarely named to it, as they were dressed by their studios. Today, the list has evolved into a highly coveted placement that includes every sort of public figure, from socialites and models to movie stars and politicians. Featuring four to six of the top women from each decade, this spectacular volume explores the personal style of such fashion icons as Babe Paley in the 40s; Grace Kelly and Diana Vreeland in the 50s; Jackie O. and Verushka in the 60s; Twiggy and Bianca Jagger in the 70s; Princess Di and Tina Chow in the 80s; Sharon Stone and the Miller sisters in the 90s; Chloe Sevigny and Nicole Kidman in the 21st century. The Best Dressed List will be reproduced in its entirety in the back of the book.
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Reviews - What do customers think about Ultimate Style: The Best of the Best Dressed List?
Talk about style Jan 31, 2005
This books conveys its title with every page. With a keen and sophisticated eye, it carefully selects the perfect images to capture the grace of the women it salutes. It give me just enough to help me form my own personal ultimate style. The book is beautiful and a perfect addition to my home.
I love this book Jan 30, 2005
I thought this book was beautifully done and I really appreciate the meticulous choice of words and pictures. I thank you, Ms. Lambert and Ms. Zilkha, for the historical perspective of these BEST dressed ladies. I have bought this book for so many friends and I hope that another book/installment is coming soon.
this book has style! Jan 18, 2005
I was immediately drawn to "Ultimate Style" - it is a stunning chronicle of modern fashion, and highlights this century's most stylish women. The photos are gorgeous, and very well chosen (many of which I have never seen before - kudos to Ms. Zilkha for selecting such winning photos!), and Ms. Zilkha's text accompanying each is interesting, nicely written, and well thought out, I thought. The end result here is quite beautiful and makes for quite a conversation piece on my coffee table! I would love to see a follow-up book, showcasing even more of those on the list that were not selected this go around - Pat Buckley, Princess Caroline, Nan Kempner, Uma Thurman, etc.
Historical Book of Fashion Icons Nov 18, 2004
This book which was written by Bettina Zilkha, and forward by Eleanor Lambert ( you got it backwards on the listing) is really great, The Best dressed list is a historic reference point and really helps you understand Style and its relevance to society. The pictures that she picked are also really cool. I look at it all the time, Yes she is my friend too.
Style like no other! Nov 11, 2004
In the months that Ultimate Style has gracing my living room, it has generated countless interesting conversations. Everybody has a story and somehow this book inspires us all to share ours.