Everyday Icon: Michelle Obama and the Power of Style by Kate BettsIn many ways the world has never seen a First Lady like Michelle Obama. From the precedent of her race to the singularity of her style, she has been the object of immense fascination. What she says, what she does, and not least, what she wears, is scrutinized around the world.
Writing at the crossroads of politics and fashion, Kate Betts explains why Michelle Obama’s style matters, and how she has helped liberate a generation of women from the false idea that style and substance are mutually exclusive. Following the transformation of Mrs. Obama from her early days on the campaign trail to her first state dinner at the White House, Betts, a longtime fashion journalist and former editor in chief of Harper’s Bazaar, reminds us that while style can be expressed in what you wear, it is inextricably bound up in who you are and what you believe in. In a smart, breezy voice backed by extensive interviews and historical research, Betts shows how Michelle Obama’s bold confidence and self-possession have made her into an icon and transformed the way women see themselves, their roles, and their own style.
With two hundred color photographs, original designer sketches, and historical images, Everyday Icon is not only a lavish tour of our First Lady’s style statements, but also a fascinating behind-the-scenes account of how she created her image and, more important, what that image says about American style today. Much has been written about Michelle Obama, but Kate Betts places her in a broader cultural and historical context; Everyday Icon is the definitive book on how a working mother of two became an unforgettable, global style icon.
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Michelle Obama. A penchant for bare arms, high street brand J. Crew, oversized pearl necklaces, brooches and waisted belts has grown into an often emulated signature style and earned comparisons to Jackie Onassis as the chicest First Lady in the White House since the reign of the Kennedys. While on the campaign trail she proved that she was not afraid to up the ante of a conservative Zero Maria Cornejo suit with the help of some well-placed accessories. The leather camelia brooches freshen the look without looking twee. She wore a lemon yellow lace dress by Cuban-American designer Isabel Toledo, which was worn with cleverly contrasting green kitten heels from Jimmy Choo.
Living in the White House for eight years, MichelleObama had staffers providing everything she could have possibly needed, except for time. It was day in and day out because we, Barack and I, really felt like we had an obligation to get a lot done. Skip navigation! Story from Fashion. Michelle Obama is opening about her eight years in the White House in her highly-anticipated memoir Becoming. So far, we know how she really feels about Donald Trump pushing his birther conspiracy theory and what it was like to conceive her children through in vitro fertilization. View this post on Instagram.
Tracing the style evolution of the former first lady, from her fashionable days in the White House and beyond. For more from the Obama family, see Sasha and Malia's style evolution here. In a smart, white midi dress and tan wedges while walking around the streets of Tribeca in New York City.
She has style, she has grace. She was Mrs. United States. From J. Crew to Jason Wu, Michelle Obama has worn it all. But for the viewers who kept up with the Michelle O.