Ingenue to Icon: 70 Years of Fashion from the Collection of Marjorie Merriweather Post

Ingenue to Icon: 70 Years of Fashion from the Collection of Marjorie Merriweather Post

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Marjorie Merriweather Post was one of America's most powerful women, a director of General Foods, Inc., philanthropist, patriot, and hostess extraordinaire, with a keen interest in art and a magnificent wardrobe collected over seventy years. Ingenue to Icon is a beautifully illustrated volume dedicated to Post's love of fashion and how she used it to create her unique style: the luxurious, embroidered dresses; exquisite shoes dyed to match her gowns; and fabulous jewels that defined her style offer glimpses into a life of exceptional elegance and wealth.

Post worked closely with fashion designers across Europe and the United States to create her distinctly elegant appearance over the course of her adult life. More than just a catalog of her wonderful evening gowns, Ingenue to Icon illustrates a spectacular collection of costumes, combining numerous images of accessories—shoes, hats, handbags, fans and parasols, and related portraits and photographs of Post wearing them—with a wealth of printed ephemera and personal letters, to put them in context. Four chronological chapters chart the progression of Post's development into an icon of elegance during a century of huge change in fashion.

Howard Vincent Kurtz was the associate curator of costumes and textiles at Hillwood Estate, Museum, & Gardens. Nancy Rubin Stuart is an award-winning author and journalist who specializes in women, biography, and social history. Trish Donnally is an award-winning former fashion editor for the San Francisco Chronicle and has written extensively about style, design, architecture, and travel.

Hardcover or paperback

168 pages

Measurements: 8.5 x11 inches

Published by Giles in 2015