Models of Influence: 50 Women Who Reset the Course of Fashion

Models of Influence: 50 Women Who Reset the Course of Fashion

Nigel Barker

Language: English

Pages: 256

ISBN: 0062345842

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

New York Times Bestseller

Nigel Barker—fashion authority, photographer, and host of Oxygen's The Face—presents 50 of the most influential models from the 1940s to today through a wealth of full-color photographs from the world's most renowned fashion photographers and an anecdotal text that reveals each woman's indelible place in the pantheons of fashion and popular culture.

Interweaving 200 gorgeous photographs and informative and entertaining anecdotes, Models of Influence profiles 50 women who have made an unforgettable impression on fashion, the modeling industry, and our notions of beauty. Eight chronological chapters, each of which spotlight an era, feature the stories and images of women who made their mark.

These include Lisa Fonssagrives-Penn, Dovima, and Dorian Leigh, who reigned during modeling's golden age in the 1950s; Twiggy, Veruschka, and Jean Shrimpton, who embodied the free spirit of the 1960s; and Lauren Hutton, Iman, and Janice Dickinson, models who revolutionized the notion of beauty in the 1970s. Barker profiles those who've become the million-dollar faces of their time, such as Christie Brinkley and Elle Macpherson; revisits the age of the supermodel, when Christy Turlington, Linda Evangelista, and Naomi Campbell rose to global stardom; and spotlights eternal chameleons Kate Moss, Stella Tennant, and Amber Valletta, among others. Also included are models who brought us into the twenty-first century, and those who are leading the way into the future, from Gisele Bündchen, Daria Werbowy, Liya Kebede, and Coco Rocha to Cara Delevingne, Karlie Kloss, Lara Stone, Joan Smalls, and Kate Upton.

Nigel Barker showcases each model's incandescent style—that special something that sets her apart, whether it's her unique physicality, a daring approach to image-making, or a particular energy that reflects the zeitgeist. Here, too, are models who broke the mold in their respective eras and turned the standard notion of beauty on its head.

Stunning in its breadth and beauty, comprising some of the finest fashion images over the last 70 years, Models of Influence is a celebration of fashion and a group of unforgettable women who have helped shape and change modern culture.

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Condé Nast.} In photographs or commercials, as for Freixenet sparkling wine, she projected sophistication, clad in Halston and sequins. But she also projected a hint of innocence along with her worldliness. Today, hindsight lends the images of her 1970s apex an air of sadness, but they’re also monuments to a moment of unique personal freedom in society at large, when women were invested with new hopes of finding their own place in the world, of achieving their own success. Margaux was the

seventeen just so that she could represent Brooke. By age thirteen, Brooke had already been featured as one of People magazine’s twenty-five most interesting people. By the age of fourteen, she had appeared three times on the cover of Vogue and was the youngest person to have done so; in 1981, a Time magazine cover story listed her day rate as $10,000. At the same time she was modeling, Brooke began to appear in movies, which is where her image took on a sexually provocative edge that shadowed

flash!—she decided to take matters into her own hands and pose for Playboy, enlisting Herb Ritts to take the pictures. When Elle began to host Britain and Ireland’s Next Top Model in 2010, she also became an executive producer, as she did for the first season of NBC’s Fashion Star in 2012. Again, she took greater risks, which paid off for her. Elle has made other on-screen appearances, notably a five-episode arc on Friends in 1999 and 2000, but her businesses have remained her main focus—and she

youth-culture-led authenticity that he brought her to Klein’s attention. Not long after, Moss signed a lucrative contract to represent the brand in a series of advertisements for jeans, underwear, and fragrances, most notably Obsession. The Calvin Klein contract, which lasted for eight years, made her a superstar. Klein posed Kate in crumbling buildings, or lounging on what looked like dirty old pieces of furniture, modeling in the sorts of settings now commonly regarded as industrial-glamorous,

industry as early in my life as I did. Without all the extraordinary people who have inspired me—designers, makeup artists, hair stylists, fashion stylists, and models—I wouldn’t be where I am right now. When I was in school, I learned to sew, weave, and cut patterns while I studied mathematics and science simultaneously. And when my father asked me why I was learning about fashion design, too, I reassured him that when I became a plastic surgeon the sewing lessons would pay off! In the end, an

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